Why is this rule change important?
Michigan has one of the highest waiver rates in the country. Some counties in Michigan have waiver rates as high as 20.7%. This means that more than 20% of the students in those counties haven’t gotten all their vaccines. Some school buildings have even higher waiver rates. This leaves communities vulnerable to diseases such as measles, chickenpox, and pertussis (whooping cough). Immunizations are one of the most effective ways to protect children from harmful diseases and even death.

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1. Why is this rule change important?
2. What has the new rule changed for parents/guardians?
3. What is a nonmedical waiver?
4. Who does this new rule apply to?
5. What does certified, nonmedical waiver mean?
6. Can a parent /guardian obtain a certified, nonmedical waiver form from the school, childcare center, or healthcare provider?
7. How does a parent/guardian obtain a certified, nonmedical waiver?
8. What if my child has a medical contraindication to a vaccine?
9. Where can I find more information?
10. What documentation will parents/guardians need to submit to their school or childcare center?