New Immunization Laws for Schools, Child Care, and Early Childhood Programs Begin September 2014

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On Sept. 1, 2014, changes to Minnesota’s Immunization Law will take effect. The changes were made to be more closely aligned with the current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations. Medical and conscientious exemptions are still allowed under the law.

New Vaccine Requirements

The new vaccines that will require documentation of immunization or a legal exemption include:

  • 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.
  • Tdap - For all students entering seventh grade. Students in eighth through 12th grade must show documentation if the school requests it. This replaces the Td immunization requirement.
  • Meningitis (meningococcal) - For all students entering seventh grade. Students entering eighth through 12th grade must show documentation if the school requests it.

Changes to Previous Vaccine Requirements

  • Varicella - Must have received varicella vaccine by 15 months of age to enroll in child care or early childhood programs. This applies to children turning 15 months old on Sept. 1, 2014 or after.
    Additionally, the law clarifies that if a child had varicella disease:
      • Before 2010, the parent or guardian needs to provide the month/year of the disease and their signature. A provider’s signature is not required.
      • After 2010, a provider’s signature is required.
  • Polio and DTaP - Starting Sept. 1, 2014, children enrolled or enrolling in child care, early childhood programs, and kindergarten through 12th grade and are completing their polio or DTaP series must have had their final:
    • Polio dose (usually fourth dose) on or after their fourth birthday.
    • DTaP dose (usually fifth dose) vaccine on or after their fourth birthday.

    Remember, this change takes effect on September 1, 2014, so incoming kindergartners for the 2014-2015 school year who have completed their polio and DTaP series are exempt. This change will have a bigger impact on incoming kindergartners for the 2015-16 school year.

    Note: This change doesn’t apply to children in upper grades, in other words, a review of records for children in first through 12th grade isn’t necessary.

  • Kindergarten through 12th grade - The immunization law now specifies that students in all grades have documentation for all required vaccines. If the school requests immunization records for any student (K-12), parents must comply by providing the immunization dates or a legal exemption. The requirement for schools to report compliance at kindergarten and seventh grade to MDH remains unchanged.

Early Childhood Programs Now Included

New to Minnesota’s Immunization Law are early childhood programs which include programs that provide instructional or other services to support children’s learning and development and:

  • Serve children from birth to kindergarten.
  • Meet at least once a week for at least six weeks or more during the year.

Children enrolled or enrolling in these types of programs must provide proof of immunizations or have a legal exemption for:

  • DTaP
  • Varicella
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal (2-24 months)
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hib
  • Hepatitis B

Note: Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) was previously included in the Immunization Law.

For more information

Visit www.health.state.mn.us/immunize (click on Immunization Laws in the left-hand column) or call the Immunization Program at 651-201-5503, 1-800-657-3970.

Are Your Kids Ready? (PDF: 59KB/1 page)
Simple chart showing required immunizations for children in Minnesota.

 

Updated Wednesday, 30-Oct-2013 12:35:33 CDT