Wexford Health Department

 

Spring 2019

Dear Parents,

It’s time for children entering kindergarten in the fall to have their health examinations and necessary immunizations.  Michigan’s immunization law requires that a child enrolled in school must be immunized against Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Chickenpox, and Hepatitis B.  Your child’s health care provider, or the health department, can administer the vaccines.  In addition, there is a program available called Vaccines for Children that provides vaccine for children who lack health coverage.  No child should be unprotected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

If you are choosing to waive vaccinations due to philosophical or religious reasons, please contact the health department to schedule a waiver education session.  If your child is unable to have vaccines for a health reason, please contact your health care provider for a medical waiver form.  All original waiver forms must be turned in to your school secretary.

Vision and hearing screenings are also required.  The hearing screening may be performed by a physician, audiologist, or health department technician—but in every case must be done on an audiometer.  The vision screening may be performed by an ophthalmologist, optometrist, or by the health department technician.  These screenings are free if done through the health department.

DHD#10 Hearing & Vision technician Tiffany Rife is planning to hold screenings regularly during the summer at the health department.  Appointments are required (1-888-217-3904).

If your child already had hearing and vision screenings done at a preschool and you have not retained a copy of the report, you may contact the health department and request a copy.

For screenings done elsewhere, contact the provider for a copy and return these to the school before classes begin.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to these matters.  By working together, we can all help children be healthy and ready to learn.

 

Sincerely,

Robin Walicki BSN, RN

Immunization Coordinator

District Health Department #10

Direct line 231-902-8522

rwalicki@dhd10.org

 

Bonnie Mellema RN

Public Health Nurse

DHD#10 Wexford County

Direct Line 231-876-3812

bmellema@dhd10.org

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