Child Care Providers Required to Report Chickenpox and Shingles Cases in Children or Staff

Reporting fact sheet for child care providers.

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Why are all child care providers now required to report chickenpox and shingles?
How do child care providers report cases of chickenpox or shingles to MDH?
How do I find more information on chickenpox and shingles?

Why are all child care providers now required to report chickenpox and shingles?

Prior to 2013, child care providers were asked to report cases on a voluntary basis. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, and going forward, all child care providers are required to report all cases, whether suspect or confirmed. This change came about because of the decrease in the number of cases due to the success of vaccination. It is good that the vaccine is working, but now it is harder for us to monitor and describe chickenpox and shingles disease in Minnesota.

How do child care providers report cases of chickenpox or shingles to MDH?

When you suspect that a child or staff member is sick with chickenpox or shingles, you need to fill out and send a simple form, or call us with your report.

How do I find more information on chickenpox and shingles?

For more information, call MDH at 651-201-5414 or toll-free at 1-877-676-5414 or visit our website at Varicella (Chickenpox).

Thank you for your help in keeping Minnesotans healthy!


Updated Monday, August 24, 2015 at 08:48AM