[MMA News Now, Oct. 31, 2013]
The Minnesota Department of Health has adopted changes to the state's immunization requirements for children in child care, early childhood programs and schools. The new rules, which apply to children enrolling in programs beginning Sept. 1, 2014, bring Minnesota’s immunization law in line with current national recommendations.
Among the new rules are:
• Hepatitis A and B vaccination for children enrolling in child care or early childhood programs.
• Replacement of the current seventh-grade tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccination with one that also includes pertussis (Tdap).
• Meningococcal vaccination for secondary students, beginning in seventh grade.
The new rules do not change the medical exemption or the option for parents to decline any or all vaccines for conscientious reasons.
From now until Sept. 1, 2014, immunization program staff at MDH will work with various stakeholders to make sure Minnesota parents are aware of the new requirements and have ample opportunities to make sure their children are current on their immunizations.
The changes are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and other medical and public health groups. They are supported by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minnesota Child Care Association, Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association, the March of Dimes, and local public health agencies.
For more detail on all the changes to the law, visit the MDH website