School Reporting of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

What, how, and when to report vaccine-preventable diseases in schools.

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What to report

How and when
to report

Influenza-like illness (ILI)

All schools:

Report when the number of students absent or sent home with ILI reaches 5% of the total school enrollment

Elementary schools only:

Report when three or more students from the same classroom are absent or sent home with ILI
  1. Complete the Influenza-like Illness Report Form - Minnesota Schools 2013-14.
  2. Fax to: 651-201-5501
All suspect or confirmed cases of chickenpox in students and/or staff.
  1. Complete the Chickenpox and Shingles Case Report Form for Minnesota Schools.
  2. Fax reports to MDH at: 651-201-4820*

Note: If you suspect the beginning of an outbreak of chickenpox, schools should call MDH at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414. Please also notify your school district office.

Suspect or confirmed cases of shingles in students.
Pertussis (whooping cough)
and other vaccine-preventable diseases including:
Viral hepatitis
All suspected and confirmed cases in students and staff

By phone at 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414 (toll free)

Please notify your school district office.

* Chickenpox and shingles report forms can also be mailed to:

Minnesota Department of Health
Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

More information on Infectious Disease Reporting and who is required to report is available.

Updated Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 10:48AM