Healthy Kids Are Everybody's Job

A guide to Minnesota's immunization law for parents with children in childcare.Picture of brochure, "Healthy Kids are Everybody's Job"

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Are Shots Required for Day Care?
Why Should I Immunize My Child?
When Are Shots Due?
Do I Need to Keep Track of My Child’s Shots?
Where Can I Get More Information and Materials?

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Are Shots Required for Day Care?

Yes, the DTP, polio, MMR, chickenpox, pneumococcal, and Hib shots are required for child care. Only children with a medical reason for not receiving a shot, or whose parents are conscientiously opposed to immunization, may be granted an exemption to these requirements. A child care provider can refuse to admit your child if he or she doesn’t have documentation of either the shots or a legal exemption.

Hepatitis A and B, rotavirus, and flu shots are not yet required but are highly recommended for all infants and young children.

Why Should I Immunize My Child?

Parents who don’t get their children immunized early in life – during the critical ages from birth to 2 years – may be putting them at risk for a number of childhood diseases. These diseases can cause serious health problems and may even result in death.

Minnesota children are still getting diseases such as measles, pertussis, and mumps. These diseases are contagious. They can spread rapidly – especially among groups of children who haven’t received their shots. And some of them, like whooping cough (pertussis), are much more serious for children than they are for adults. As a parent, you can protect your children by making sure they get all their shots.

When Are Shots Due?

Most shots are due by 2 years of age.

It’s important to get shots at the right ages. Shots will protect best at these ages. To have your child immunized, call your doctor, clinic or local health department. For information on how and where to obtain free or low-cost shots, call your local health department.

Do I Need to Keep Track of My Child’s Shots?

Yes, as a parent, you will need your child's shot records often - for day care, school, camp, sports programs, and doctor visits. Keep a shot record card for each of your children. Take it with you to all doctor and clinic visits, and have it updated each time your child receives a shot.

Minnesota's immunization registry, the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC), can also help. MIIC keeps shot information in one place. The information stays together even if you change doctors, lose paper records, or move to another city in Minnesota. This can be a real time saver, especially if you change clinics, move, or lose your child's shot record card. MIIC also helps your child's doctor know which shots are due and makes sure your child doesn't receive the same shot twice from different clinics. Check with your doctor and your day care provider to see if they participate in MIIC.

Where Can I Get More Information and Materials?

Call your local public health department or the Minnesota Department of Health at 1-800-657-3970 or 651-201-5503. If you require information in another format such as large print, Braille, or cassette tape, you can request them.

Updated Wednesday, 16-Jul-2014 10:51:47 CDT