Teen Vaccine Postcard Questions
Why did I get this postcard?
In fall 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health Immunization Program received a grant to work in collaboration with the CDC to increase HPV vaccination coverage among adolescents. As part of these grant activities, the Immunization Program mailed postcards to families across the state with children who were 11 to 12 years old in 2014. A second round of postcards was sent to families with children turning 11 years old after January 1, 2015 who had not yet initiated the HPV vaccine series. The postcards inform families that HPV, Tdap, meningococcal, and flu vaccines are recommended during the preteen years and encourage them to seek vaccination. The postcards also highlight Minnesota school immunization requirements: while all these vaccines are recommended for adolescents, Tdap and meningococcal vaccines are required before entering seventh grade, unless an exemption applies.
How did you get my address?
The Minnesota Department of Health Immunization Program used data in the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) to identify families of adolescents. MIIC is a statewide immunization information system that stores electronic immunization records for Minnesota health service providers and for the public. MIIC combines immunizations a person has received into a single record, even if the shots were given by different health care providers in the state. MIIC helps make sure Minnesotans get the right vaccines at the right time.
Data is submitted to MIIC through a variety of sources, including participating health care providers who submit data to MIIC about immunizations an individual has received and information about babies born in the state from the MDH Office of Vital Records.
- For more information see MIIC and the Public.
How can I obtain a copy of my child's MIIC immunization record?
Individuals may request immunization records from MIIC at any time. Parents and legal guardians may request records for their minor children (through age 17 years). If the request is for an adult (18 years and older), the individual must request their own record.
To request an immunization record, contact the MDH Immunization Program at 800-657-3970 or 651-201-5503. You will be asked to verify your identity and if the records are available, they can be sent to you via fax, mail, or secure email.
How can I opt-out of receiving any more immunization reminders from the State? What about data privacy?
If you would like to stop receiving immunization notices from the State, you may do so by contacting contact the MDH Immunization Program at 800-657-3970 or 651-201-5503 or by filling out the MIIC Data Privacy Web Request.
The data in MIIC is classified as private and protected by the Minnesota Immunization Data Sharing Law, Minnesota Statues, Section144.3351. MIIC is password protected and only available to authorized users.
- For more information see MIIC and Data Privacy.
Do you have other questions about the postcard?
- Please call 800-657-3970 or 651-201-5503
Do you have additional questions about adolescent vaccinations?
- For more information see Vaccines for Teens