The Minnesota Department of Health has revised its immunization laws. Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, the new rules apply to children in childcare, early childhood programs, and students in grades K through 12. The following are among the largest changes:
- Hepatitis A and B vaccination for children enrolling in childcare or early childhood programs based in school.
- All students - kindergarten through twelfth grade - must provide documentation of current vaccinations for all required immunizations, or file for conscientious objection or medical exemption.
- Replace the current seventh grade tetanus-diphtheria vaccine with another that includes Pertussis (whooping chough), known as Tdap.
- Middle and high school students must receive the meningococcal vaccination beginning in seventh grade, and must have the vaccination if they are in seventh through twelfth grade.
Please check with your health care provider to make sure your child’s immunizations will be up-to-date. You can also visit www.health.state.mn.us/immunize
or call the Supervisor of Health Services Eileen Kern at 952-681-6518.