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.

View our guidelines to good health for a list of important screenings and exams:

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

Age Immunization and Dose
Birth

Hepatitis B:
1st dose

Before 2 months Hepatitis B:
2nd dose
2 months DTaP:
1st dose
HIB - Haemophilus:
1st dose
IPV - Polio:
1st dose
Pneumococcal Conjugate - Pneumonia:
1st dose 
Rotavirus:
1st dose
4 months DTaP:
2nd dose
HIB - Haemophilus:
2nd dose
IPV - Polio:
2nd dose

Pneumococcal Conjugate - Pneumonia:
2nd dose 

Rotavirus:
2nd dose

6 months DTaP:
3rd dose
HIB - Haemophilus:
3rd dose if needed
Pneumococcal Conjugate - Pneumonia: 
3rd dose 
Rotavirus:
3rd dose (no later than 8 months)
Before 15 months  Hepatitis B:
3rd dose (up to 18 months) 
6-18 months IPV - Polio:
3rd dose
6 months-6 years Flu:
1 or 2 doses every year
12-23 months Hepatitis A:
2 doses, separated by 6-18 months between 1st and 2nd birthdays
12-15 months HIB - Haemophilus:
3rd or 4th dose
MMR:
1st dose 
Pneumococcal Conjugate - Pneumonia: 
4th dose 
Varicella (Chickenpox):
1st dose
15-18 months DTaP:
4th dose
4-6 years
DTaP:
5th dose
IPV - Polio:
4th dose
MMR:
2nd dose
Varicella (Chickenpox):
2nd dose
7-10 years Tdap:
If risk of exposure 
9-14 years HPV (Human Papillomavirus):
2 doses, at least 6 months apart
7-21 years

Flu:
Every year
11-12 years
Meningococcal:
1st dose
Tdap:
1 dose
15-21 years
HPV (Human Papillomavirus):
3 doses, 4 weeks between 1st and 2nd doses, then 12 weeks between 2nd and 3rd doses
16 years

Meningococcal:
2nd dose

This grid is based on American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about anything listed on this grid.

Age Immunization and Dose
After age 12

Tdap:
1 dose if not previously vaccinated; booster every 10 years; Pregnant women need a dose in every pregnancy.

Males 9-21
Females 9-26
HPV (Human Papillomavirus): 
3 doses
18-61 years MMR:
1-2 doses if needed
18-64 years Pneumococcal (Meningitis and Pneumonia): 
If high risk
18-65+ years Flu: 
Every year
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal:
If high risk
Tetanus: 
Once every 10 years
Varicella (Chickenpox):
2 doses if needed
50+ Zoster (Shingles):
1 dose
65+

Pneumococcal (Meningitis and Pneumonia):
1 dose for everyone 65 and older; revaccinate at age 65 if first vaccine was received before age 65 and 5 years or more have passed since that first dose was given

This grid is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about anything listed on this grid.