Minnesota's Child Care, School, and College Immunization Law

Various Minnesota laws set forth immunization requirements for children and adults enrolled in institutional settings. Legal exemptions are permissible for those who have medical contraindications to vaccine(s) or if they or a parent has conscientiously held beliefs that oppose immunization. Records for infants and children who have not completed a primary series of vaccines must be signed by a physician or public clinic staff.

On this page:
Child Care Settings
Elementary and Secondary School
Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
Sharing of Immunization Data

The documents below reflect the law for the 2013-14 school year. The rule revisions that will begin September 1, 2014 can be found here: Minnesota Immunization Rule Revisions.

Child Care Settings

Minnesota Law requires all children enrolling in a licensed day care home or child care facility to show evidence of immunization or properly document exemptions.

Elementary and Secondary School (Kindergarten - Grade 12)

Minnesota Statutes, Section 121A.15, and Rules, Chapter 6404: Immunization, requires all students enrolling in an elementary or secondary school to show evidence of immunization or properly documented exemption.

  • Varicella Disease History Verification Checklist (Word: 106KB/2 pages)
    Template to verify past varicella disease in school-age children. Use this tool to help in meeting the School Immunization Law requirement that a student’s history of varicella disease must be documented by a provider starting September 1, 2010. The watermark can be removed by viewing the header and deleting the text box.

Post-Secondary Educational Institutions

(E.g., state universities, community colleges, technical colleges, private schools, University of Minnesota, etc.)

Minnesota Statutes, Section 135A.14, requires all students enrolling in a post-secondary educational institution to show evidence of one dose of tetanus and diphtheria (Td) within 10 years of enrollment and one dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine or properly documented exemption. The law applies to persons born in 1957 or later who are enrolled in more than one class. Students who graduated from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later are also exempt. Minnesota laws also require post-secondary schools to provide students with information on hepatitis and meningococcal disease.


Minnesota law, Section 135A.14, says that all public and private universities and colleges must provide information on the transmission, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis A, B, and C to all first-time enrollees.

  • The ABCs of Viral Hepatitis
    Brochure geared toward college students on Hepatitis A, B, and C. Available from the American College Health Association. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Viral Hepatitis Brochures
    The CDC has a series of brochures on Hepatitis A, B and C that can be downloaded or ordered. Attention: Non-MDH link

Meningococcal Disease

Minnesota law, Section 135A.14, requires that all public and private universities and colleges provide information on the risk of meningococcal disease and the availability of a vaccine to all first-time enrollees who live in on-campus student housing.

Sharing of Immunization Data

Updated Wednesday, 04-Dec-2013 13:32:02 CST