BIG RAPIDS — The Health Department would like to remind parents about the vaccinations required by the State of Michigan for students entering sixth grade or changing school districts. Starting last fall, new rules went into effect for all sixth graders and students aged 11-18 years.
Spring is the time for “kindergarten round-up”, and most parents know vaccines are required. Now students entering the new frontier of middle school must have certain vaccines. “As children get older, immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off,” said Dr. James Wilson, Medical Director for District Health Department #10. “Children coming into their teen years are also at risk for new diseases.”