Reporting Sean Lee
LANSING (WWJ) – Gov, Rick Snyder has signed a package of bills involving childhood immunizations.
The legislation mandates that Michigan students submit a certificate of immunization to schools when they enter seventh grade, instead of sixth as previously required.
The change is supposed to better accommodate the age when most students get those vaccinations, and will allow school districts more time to alert parents whose kids need their shots, and give parents time to get them scheduled.
WWJ Health Reporter Sean Lee says, since vaccine reporting is done at the beginning of the school year and sorted by grade level, it’s been tough for schools to keep track of students who enter sixth grade at age 10 and those who enter at 11.
For more on the new immunization law, visit this link, and look up Senate bills 237, 238 and 239.