Vaccines work best when most members of a community are vaccinated - the more people who are vaccinated, the lower the possible risk of anyone's exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases. Because vaccines must be safe for use by as many people as possible, vaccines are developed in accordance with the highest standards of safety. Years of testing are required by law before a vaccine is licensed and distributed. Once in use, vaccines are continually monitored for safety and efficacy. As a result, the United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history
The Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) was created in 1998 to collect reliable immunization information for children and make it accessible to authorized users. A 2006 change to the Michigan Public Health Code enabled to MCIR to transition from a childhood immunization registry to a lifespan registry including citizens of all ages in the MCIR. Ask your provider if they are registered users of MCIR, and ask for a copy of your child’s vaccine record today.
Most insurances cover part or all of vaccines. If your child does not have health insurance, or does not have insurance that covers vaccines, ask your doctor or local health department about the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. This program is available for eligible children 18 years of age and younger.
For adults 19 years of age and older, there are options for assistance to pay for some vaccines. Ask about our AVP (Adult Vaccine Program) program today!
For more information on vaccines/ the diseases they prevent/ safety /what parents need to know / or to hear stories where vaccines could have prevented a death, visit:
Getting vaccines and staying protected from serious diseases is a lifelong job. Some pre-teens and teens are missing doses of vaccine. All doses of vaccines are needed to protect against diseases. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) provides guidance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the control of vaccine-preventable diseases.
For a list of vaccine preventable diseases visit:
For more information about vaccines for teens, or to hear stories of vaccine preventable deaths, please visit:
To schedule your appointment call your local health department.
Luce: (906) 293-5107, ext 324
Mackinac: (906) 643-1100, ext 217
Alger: (906) 387-2297, ext 401
Schoolcraft: (906) 341-6951, ext 102
Or call your physician,
or call 1-800-232-2522
We don't vaccinate just to protect our children. We also vaccinate to protect our grandchildren and their grandchildren. With one disease, smallpox, we eradicated the disease. Our children don't have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease no longer exists. If we keep vaccinating now, parents in the future may be able to trust that diseases like polio and meningitis won't infect, cripple, or kill children. Vaccinations are one of the best ways to put an end to the serious effects of certain diseases.
For a list of vaccine preventable diseases please visit:
For a list of recommended vaccines for adults, please visit:
Health Care Workers
Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at risk for exposure to serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases. If you work directly with patients or handle material that could spread infection, you should get appropriate vaccines to reduce the chance that you will get or spread vaccine-preventable diseases. Protect yourself, your patients, and your family members. Make sure you are up-to-date with recommended vaccines.
For a list of recommended vaccines for Healthcare Personnel visit: