Starting next year, students entering seventh grade in Michigan will be required to submit a certificate of immunization to the school, after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation this month.
The requirement has been required for students entering sixth grade in the past, but since some students enter sixth grade at age 10, and many of the vaccines are given at age 11, this will make it easier for schools to keep track.
These vaccines include those against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis and Meningococcal.
“This change will help ensure students are properly vaccinated by giving schools more time to notify parents, and families and health care providers more flexibility to schedule vaccination appointments,” Snyder said.
Senate Bill 237, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Marleau is now Public Act 120 of 2013; Senate Bill 238, sponsored by state Sen. Rebekah Warren is now Public Act 121; and Senate Bill 239, sponsored by state Sen. Judy Emmons is now Public Act 122.
For more information on these bills, visit legislature.michigan.gov.