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March is the time for Kindergarten Round Ups. Families who plan to enroll their children for school in the fall are encouraged to attend.

An important part of preparing for kindergarten is making sure kids are up to date on their immunizations.


The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) wants to make sure that every child is protected before entering school.

 “Immunization is the single most important way parents can protect their children from serious disease,” said Jackie Anderson, RN, BEDHD’s Immunization Coordinator. “If your child has not yet received all of the immunizations required for school entry, don’t wait. Take action now to get them protected before school begins.”


Make an appointment with your child’s doctor, or call the health department’s immunization clinic at 517-541-2630 in Eaton County or 269-798-4133 in Barry County. If you are not sure if your child is up to date, please contact their doctor or the BEDHD immunization clinic to review their records.


A child who is fully immunized and ready to start Kindergarten in the fall will have had these vaccinations:

* 4 doses of DTap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)

* 2 doses of Hepatitis A 

* 3 doses of Hepatitis B 

* 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)   

* 4 doses of Polio             

* 2 doses of Chickenpox (Varicella).




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