Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available. Without immunizations, diseases we are now protected against could easily return.
Immunization clinics at Mid-Michigan District Health Department provide vaccinations as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP). Walk-ins will be accommodated as the schedule allows, but appointments are preferred.
Clinic hours vary by county. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call:
Clinton County: 989-224-2195, option 5 and then option 2
Gratiot County: 989-875-3681, option 5 and then option 2
Montcalm County: 989-831-5237, option 5 and then option 2
Don't let the cost of vaccines prevent you from getting vaccinated. MMDHD participates with Vaccines for Children (VFC) and Michigan Adult Vaccine Program (MI-AVP). Both programs offer free vaccines to those who qualify. MMDHD also bills most insurance companies to cover the cost of vaccinations. A small administration fee is charged for each vaccine, using a sliding fee scale based on your income. This fee may be waived if there is a financial hardship.
To obtain a medical waiver, please make an appointment with your health care provider and have him/her complete this Medical Waiver Form.
To obtain a non-medical waiver, you will need to make an appointment to meet with a Mid-Michigan District Health Department nurse. To schedule an appointment, call the branch office nearest you:
Clinton County: 989-224-2195 (option 5, option 2)
Gratiot County: 989-875-3681 (option 5, option 2)
Montcalm County: 989-831-5237 (option 5, option 2)
Immunization waiver- More information
Want to see how your county's immunization rates compare to the rest of Michigan? check out these quarterly report cards.
Immunization Quick Links
Links for Providers
- Vaccine Information sheets (VIS)
- Vaccine Schedules for Providers
- Vaccine Preventable Diseases
- MDHHS Info for Providers
- Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (The Pink Book)
- Guide to Vaccine Contraindications and Precautions
- MDHHS Perinatal Hep B Manual
- Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program in Michigan
- Vaccine Preventable Disease Testing Information
- Become an Influenza Sentinel Provider
Immunization Education for Health Care Providers
Did you know our Nurse Immunization Educator can provide free immunization education to you and your staff? Contact Lisa Mikesell, RN at 989-875-1019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free nursing education credits/certificate of attendance.
Other Immunization Related Links
Vaccination messages can be confusing. When gathering vaccine information, be sure to use trustworthy resources, like these:
- Why Immunize According to the CDC?
- Allied Vaccine Group
- Immunization Action Coalition
- MDHHS Immunization Website
- Alliance for Immunization in Michigan
- U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Vaccine Education Center (VEC)
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- Vaccinate your family
- How Immunizations Work
- Helping Adults Pay for Vaccines
- Vaccines for Children (VFC)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Where can I get the flu shot?
Flu clinic information will be posted on this site. You may also call the branch office nearest you for dates and times of clinics in your area.
Adverse Event Reporting?
My child missed some of their shots. Do they need to start over?
No. You can continue the series where you left off. Remember that delaying or refusing vaccines can put a child at risk for disease.
Can my child get their shots if they have a cold or ear infection?
Mild illness or fever is not a reason to delay immunizations. If you have questions, call and speak to the clinic nurse.
Is it safe to get so many shots at once?
Careful and thorough studies show that getting many vaccines on the same day does not decrease their effectiveness or increase side effects.
What side effects will my child have when getting their shots?
Most side effects are very mild and may include a slight fever, fussiness or some redness and soreness at the injection site.
Why does my child need chicken pox vaccine? Isn't it better to get the disease?
Chicken pox infection begins with fever and then a blistering rash breaks out. On average, people get 250-500 of these itchy blisters. Most people survive without any problems, but it can have complications such as pneumonia, brain or skin infections, and death.
The vaccine has only minor side effects and is 95 percent effective. People who have had vaccine instead of disease are four to five times less likely to get shingles and if they do, it is a milder case without complications.
What does VFC stand for and who is eligible for it?
VFC stands for "Vaccines for Children" and they are free. The VFC Basic and Expanded programs are designed to keep qualified children in their medical home for basic preventive services and to reduce the barriers to getting children immunized. If your child is 18 years of age or younger, and meets one of the following conditions:
- is American Indian or Alaskan Native
- is enrolled in Medicaid
- has no health insurance
- is under-insured
he/she is eligible for the VFC programs with the exception that he/she has private health insurance, including MI-Child or any commercially purchased managed health care plan, with immunization coverage.
Definition for Under-Insured: For the purposes of determining eligibility for VFC, children are considered to be under-insured if the child's insurance does not cover any reimbursement for the cost of the vaccinations. A child with health insurance that has no immunization coverage at the time the child presents is considered to be under-insured and eligible to receive VFC vaccine.
The Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) is a lifespan registry including citizens of all ages in the MCIR. MCIR benefits health care organizations, schools, licensed childcare programs, pharmacies and Michigan’s citizens by consolidating immunization information from multiple providers into a comprehensive immunization record. This consolidation reduces vaccine-preventable diseases and over-vaccination, allowing providers to view up-to-date patient immunization history in one system.