GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Health Department encourages parents to make sure their kids are up-to-date with immunizations before school starts.

"Safe, effective vaccines protect children against a number of illnesses, such as chicken pox, diphtheria, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, and tetanus, to name a few," according to the Kent County Health Department's Health Officer Adam London. "Some of these illnesses can be deadly. Make sure your children are protected according to the schedules based on CDC guidelines."

The Health Department says kids should get most of their vaccinations before they're 18 months old. There's a vaccination schedule and other information at the Health Deparment's website at this link. Michigan law requires kids get certain immunizations before they start school. There are others also as kids get a little older.

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