Non-Medical Immunization Waivers
Effective January 1, 2015, Michigan modified the administrative rules that change how nonmedical waivers for immunizations will be processed for school/childcare programs.
Why is this rule change important?
Michigan has one of the highest waiver rates in the country. Some counties in Michigan have waiver rates as high as 20.7%. This means that more than 20% of the students in those counties haven’t gotten all their vaccines. Some school buildings have even higher waiver rates. This leaves communities vulnerable to diseases such as measles, chickenpox, and pertussis (whooping cough). Immunizations are one of the most effective ways to protect children from harmful diseases and even death.
Key Points about the New Rule:
The new rule applies to all children who are enrolled in a public or private:
1) Licensed childcare, preschool, and Head Start programs
2) Kindergarten, 7th grade, and any newly enrolled student into the school district. The new rule does not take away your right to obtain a nonmedical waiver. Nonmedical waivers (religious or philosophical (other) objections) will need to be obtained from a county health department; the schools/childcare centers will not have them.
Parents/Guardians must follow these steps when requesting a nonmedical waiver:
Based on the public health code, a child without either an up-to-date immunization record, a certified nonmedical waiver form or a physician signed medical waiver form can be excluded from school/childcare.
For additional information about the Non-Medical Immunization Waiver Rule, please view the following:
Waiver Flyer for Parents
Waiver information for Schools & Childcare Facilities
Waiver information for Healthcare Professionals