Immunizations

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.

A fee may be charged or a donation requested for each individual who is immunized. Medicaid is 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 2014 Recommended Immunization Schedules for Children/Teens and Adults.

MCIR (Michigan Care Improvement Registry)

MCIR is a state of the art childhood immunization record-keeping system for children who receive immunizations anywhere in the state of Michigan. It consists of six regional database servers connected via the state's existing wide-area network. Authorized users (physicians, health care providers, health departments, day care centers, schools and camps) can retrieve up-to-date immunization information from MCIR and submit data as it becomes available.

The MCIR not only maintains a child's immunization history, it will also provide a list of due and overdue immunizations, evaluate a child's immunization status to recommend future dose dates, and generate reminder notices for upcoming and overdue immunizations.

Parents who wish to exclude their child's 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 your child's record inaccessible to authorized users until you rescind the object in writing at a possible time in the future. Immunization records will be kept on the system until a child turns 20, thereby allowing parents to obtain a complete immunization record for college entry.

If you have further questions regarding MCIR, you may request more information from Health Department of Northwest Michigan, your health care provider, or Linda VanGills, Region #5 Administrator, District Health Dept. #10 at (616) 873-2193.

Visit the state's MCIR website.

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