Boy receiving shot from gloved hand Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body's own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease.

Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year.

The Health Department is happy to provide vaccines to all adults and children to protect against Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough (Pertussis), Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Chickenpox (Varicella), Pneumonia, Hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib), Meningitis and Influenza.

If you're interested in becoming a VFV provider, please contact us.

A fee may be charged or a donation requested for each individual who is immunized. Medicaid and private insurance are also accepted. We offer immunization clinics in each of our county offices twice per month. Call (800) 432-4121 to make an appointment.

Scroll down to view the CDC's 2016 Recommended Immunization Schedules for Children/Teens and Adults.

MCIR (Michigan Care Improvement Registry)

The Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) is an immunization information system (IIS) that records and stores immunization information for all residents who receive immunizations anywhere in the state of Michigan. It is accessible to authorized users (physicians, health care providers, hospitals, pharmacies, health departments, day care centers, schools and camps) to retrieve current patient and student immunization information from MCIR and submit data as it becomes available.

The MCIR not only maintains immunization histories, it will also provide a list of due and overdue immunizations, immunization status to recommend future dose dates, and can be utilized to generate reminder notices for upcoming and overdue immunizations.

MCIR is an opt out registry. People who wish to exclude immunization records from the MCIR can sign an "opt out" form, available through your local health care provider or the Health Department. The form allows the State to make an immunization record inaccessible to authorized users. If a person decides they again want their immunization information available to providers, an opt out can be rescinded in writing and submitted the the provider or local health department.

If you have further questions regarding MCIR, you may request more information from Health Department of Northwest Michigan, your health care provider, or by calling the Region #5 MCIR Help Desk at 888-217-3904 or by visiting the MCIR website and clicking on "Public."

Here is a list of local health care providers who participate in the MCIR:

Antrim County
Bellaire Family Health Center
Central Lake Family Practice
Elk Rapids Family Practice
Mancelona Family Practice

      Emmet County
Community Health Center of Northern Michigan
Mackinaw City Medical Clinic
Petoskey Pediatrics
Petoskey Child Health Association
Dr. Todd Decker
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
      Charlevoix County
Pine River Medical
Boyne Area Medical Center
Beaver Island Rural Health Center
East Jordan Family Health Center

      Otsego County
Alpine Family Medicine
Dr. Colleen M. Vallad-Hix
Dr. Steven Kaufman
Dr. Robert Mee
Med-Care Walk-In Clinic


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