Foreign Exchange Students

Foreign Exchange Students

Foreign Exchange students need to meet the same Immunization Requirements as any other child when entering into a school district. This document should be provided to potential foreign exchange students and their potential host families prior to the student’s arrival in Michigan.

If the Foreign Exchange student is not up-to-date with their immunizations, or does not have a physician-documented immunity, the responsibility for getting the student vaccinated may fall on the host family.

If the Foreign Exchange student needs immunizations they can receive their vaccines at the Local Health Department or may schedule an appointment with their primary care provider. Either place can ensure that the Foreign Exchange student is up-to-date with all the recommended vaccines.

In accordance with Michigan law, a host family/foreign exchange student that wants to claim a non-medical waiver will need to receive education regarding the benefits of vaccination and the risks of disease from the Local Health Department before obtaining the certified non-medical waiver form; or they can obtain a physician-signed medical waiver due to a medical contraindication from their health care provider.