It's Hot! It's August! It's...National Immunization Awareness Month!
Plus--school is about to start, and kids in certain grades need to have their immunizations up to date! In fact, in some cases adults need boosters or new vaccines as well.
Immunizations (also known as vaccines, or "shots") pay big dividends:
- They protect you and your children from diseases that in years past injured and killed many people;
- They protect other people--vulnerable people like babies, senior citizens, and people whose immune systems are weak--from getting sick.
Vaccines Are Free
Under the Affordable Care Act, required vaccinations are part of preventive care--and generally, whether you have Medicaid, a Marketplace plan, or employer coverage--they will be covered 100%.
For uninsured children, the Washtenaw County Public Health immunization program has a Vaccines for Children program; and there are discounts for uninsured adults as well. (But wait a minute--if you are uninsured, come visit the Washtenaw Health Plan or another assister agency for help getting covered!)
New state law in Michigan (2015) tightens up the requirements for families who want to opt out of some or all immunizations. As Washtenaw County Public Health notes,
If a child is not up-to-date on her or his vaccinations, a waiver is required for the child to enroll in: a licensed childcare; preschool or Head Start; kindergarten; seventh grade; or a new school district. Under the new rules parents or guardians must participate in a science-based educational session with their local public health department. In Washtenaw County, waiver appointments can be scheduled by calling Washtenaw County Public Health at 734-544-6700.
Background information on vaccines can be found here: