Keeping Healthy with Vaccinations

Getting vaccinated can protect you, your child and other members of the community from contagious diseases. Seeing a doctor regularly helps make sure your family is safe and stays healthy.

Wellness visits and vaccinations are covered as part of your benefits.

Measles outbreak in Michigan

Due to the recent measles outbreak, we’ve expanded coverage of the measles vaccine to adults. The vaccine was already covered for children. Infected individuals of the outbreak range in age from 8 months to 63 years; a majority of the cases involve adults. You can get the measles vaccine at your doctor or at the pharmacy. Pharmacies may have age limits for children, so it’s best to call first. Children should receive the vaccine between 12 and 15 months. They can receive it during their 12-month well visit with their doctor.

You can learn more about the measles outbreak, symptoms of measles, exposure locations and more at

Why vaccinations are important

Vaccinations play a vital role in personal health and wellness. Here are a few reasons why.

They’re important to your community

Vaccinations help stop contagious diseases from spreading to others in your area. If most of the community is immunized, it’s harder for a contagious disease to spread.

They’re important for your health

Staying up-to-date on your vaccinations helps keep you healthy so you can focus more on your work, friends and family.

They're important for your children's health

Vaccinations are an important part of helping to ensure your child stays healthy through their developmental years.

Schools require your child to have certain vaccinations. Anytime your child first enrolls in a school, you'll be asked for his or her vaccine records. This could happen when your child starts kindergarten or seventh grade, or when your child first enrolls in a new school district.

Vaccines help stop disease from spreading. When students don’t get all their vaccines, diseases could start spreading around a school. Knowing school vaccination rules help with ensuring your child is ready for school.

Required vaccinations
Michigan students are required to have these vaccines:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (DTaP)
  • Polio
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

According to rules established by the state of Michigan (as of Jan 1, 2015), children must have their current vaccines or have a certified, nonmedical waiver from their county health department. If they don’t have their vaccines or a waiver, they may not be able to start school.

To get the waiver, a parent or guardian must get information from the health department about the benefits and risks of vaccines. This allows them to make an informed choice and could prompt the health department to issue a waiver. For more information, call your local county health department.

To find out if your child has had all the vaccines he or she needs:

Guidelines for every vaccination