The State of Michigan Department of Education now requires that Hepatitis B immunization is required for all kindergartners and any student new to the district, grades 1-12, in the 2000-2001 school year. As in the past, a parent/guardian must provide dates when the immunization for hepatitis was given; a physician signed statement that the child “is in the process” of completing the three vaccination series for Hepatitis B; or a signed waiver statement that for religious or other objections, the parent does not choose to have their child(ren) immunized against Hepatitis B. This information should be given to the school before a child is allowed to attend classes.
Public Act 89 of 2000 mandates that an immunization assessment be done on each sixth grade student beginning with the school year 2002-2003. This new set of laws that amend the School Code, the Public Health Code, and the annual School Aid Act was passed so that there would be a means of assuring that children are adequately immunized against preventable diseases before they reach adolescence when some of these diseases become a greater threat to their health.