LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation updating the grade at which Michigan students must submit a certificate of immunization to schools.
The new laws singed Tuesday require students to submit the certificate upon entering seventh grade instead of sixth grade. The change is expected to better accommodate the age at which most students receive vaccinations, according to Snyder’s office.
“This change will help ensure students are properly vaccinated by giving schools more time to notify parents, and families and health care providers more flexibility to schedule vaccination appointments,” Snyder said in a statement.
In 2010, vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis as well as meningococcal vaccines were added to the existing Michigan school rules. The vaccinations are required for students entering sixth grade if they were at least 11 years old at the time they entered sixth grade.
Some students start sixth grade at age 10, before the vaccines are routinely recommended. Vaccine reporting is done at the beginning of the school year and sorted by grade level, and Snyder’s office said it has been difficult for schools to keep track of the two age groups.