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New Immunization Law for Schools & Child Care Takes Effect September 1st
August 04, 2014
On Sept. 1, 2014, changes to Minnesota’s Immunization Law will take effect. These changes apply to children entering school, child care, and early childhood programs. Now is a good time for parents to review their child’s immunization records and schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider. Medical and conscientious exemptions are still allowed under the law.
It’s important for parents to be aware of which vaccines are now required so that children are ready for child care or school this fall. Vaccines that will now require documentation of immunization or a legal exemption include:
• Meningitis (meningococcal) - All students entering seventh grade will be required to submit documentation. Students entering eighth through 12th grade must show documentation if the school requests it.
• Tdap - All students entering seventh grade will be required to submit documentation. Students in eighth through 12th grade must show documentation if the school requests it. (This replaces the Td immunization requirement)
• Hepatitis B - For all children over 2 months old enrolled or enrolling in child care or an early childhood program.
• Hepatitis A - For all children over 12 months old enrolled or enrolling in child care or an early childhood program.
• Kindergarten children must have their final dose of DTaP and polio on or after their fourth birthday.
Information is available on the Minnesota Department of Health website for parents who have questions about what’s required for school, early childhood or child care. This information: “Are Your Kids Ready for School? When to Get Vaccines, Birth to 16 Years” can be found at: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/schedules.html
Deb Purfeerst, Director at Rice County Public Health, recommends that now is a good time for parents to check their children’s immunization records, as well as their own, to be sure family members are up to date on vaccinations. If you do not have your records, check with your health care provider, school or the Public Health Department.
If immunizations are needed, but the person in need of immunizations is uninsured, please contact Rice County Public Health at 507-332-6111. Vaccines, supplied by the Minnesota Department of Health, are available through Rice County Public Health Nursing Service for children and adults who are uninsured.
Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director (507) 332-6111
Tony Murphy, Rice County Administrator (507) 332-6121