New Immunization Law for Schools and Child Care takes effect September 1
Make sure your children are ready!
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.
The changes were made to be more closely aligned with the current national recommendations, so most children should have already received these vaccines. Medical and conscientious exemptions are still allowed under the law. The vaccines that will be required are:
• 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.
Health Care Providers need to help their patients prepare for these changes. They need to:
• Give all recommended shots. For example, HPV is not required for school entry, but is recommended for children 11 to 12 years old and should be given at the same time as Tdap and meningococcal vaccines.
• Use every opportunity to vaccinate. Sports or camp physicals, minor injuries, or illnesses appointments can be used to assess and give needed immunizations.
• Call in patients who need vaccines. Use the child and adolescent assessment reports in the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) to identify and call in children who still need to get their shots.
Children who are covered by Medical Assistance/PrimeWest, who are Native American, or who are not insured are eligible for the MN Vaccine for Children Program and may get the vaccines for an administration fee at public health or their doctor’s office.
Please call public health for more info, if your child’s insurance will not pay for these shots. Our phone number is 320-208-6670.