MIIC and Schools

The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) can make it easy for schools to ensure their students are up-to-date on their immunizations and enforce the school immunization laws. Updated 8/12

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What is MIIC?
What are the benefits of MIIC to a school?
How would a school use MIIC?
Can schools enter immunizations into MIIC?
What about privacy?
How do I find out more about participating in MIIC?

What is MIIC?

The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) is a confidential, computerized system that collects immunization records and helps ensure correct and timely immunizations. The immunization information is available to authorized users, such as health care providers, public health agencies, child care providers, and schools who work together to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases.

What are the benefits of MIIC to a school?

Minnesota’s School and Child Care Immunization Law requires all students enrolling in school to show evidence that they have received certain immunizations or properly document exemptions. Schools are responsible for assuring that their students are in compliance with the immunization law and this is where MIIC can help!

MIIC:

  • Provides an official copy of a student’s immunization history for maintaining records, as needed for compliance with school immunization laws.
  • Combines immunizations a student has received into a single record, even if the shots were given at different clinics in Minnesota.
  • Saves time by allowing access to multiple student’s records in one location.
  • Allows users to quickly identify students missing immunizations, in case of a disease outbreak at a school or in the community.
  • Helps ensure a student's immunizations are more complete and up-to-date.

How would a school use MIIC?

Schools can use MIIC to:

  • Look up and print immunization records of students.
  • Keep a list of students and quickly review or print all their immunization records.

Can schools enter immunizations into MIIC?

In addition to using MIIC to view students’ immunization records, some schools enter immunization data into MIIC. These schools obtain written permission from parents to add this information to MIIC, in accordance with the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA).

What about privacy?

Protecting the privacy of individuals is important. MIIC is password-protected, confidential, and can only be accessed by authorized users as prescribed by law. Schools that participate in MIIC must sign a user agreement that details the allowable uses for MIIC and they must ensure that the school will maintain the student’s privacy. Additionally, parents or individuals can choose to opt out of MIIC if they wish.

How do I find out more about participating in MIIC?

Enrolling in MIIC is easy and free for schools. The first step in getting started with MIIC is to contact your regional coordinator.

Updated Wednesday, 01-Aug-2012 15:11:10 CDT