Proposed changes to state vaccine rules

Posted: 7:17 AM, Dec 18, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-18 12:17:52Z

Michigan parents might not have to meet with a county health official in order to get a vaccination waiver.

New legislation was just introduced in the State House to get rid of that requirement for parents who want a vaccine waiver to opt their child out of shots for school.

Currently, parents who don't want to vaccinate due to religious or philosophical reasons must attend a class at the local health department before they can get the vaccine waiver to take to their child's school.

The reason for that was to reduce the number of vaccination waivers in Michigan, but parents weren't too happy about having to opt out through the county health department.

State health officials are against Representative Tom Hooker's proposed legislation, and say thanks to the new rules implemented this school year, the number of kids getting vaccination waivers has dropped.

So far, no real action has been taken on the two bills.