In a little less than a year, your children will need to have more immunizations to attend school and join day-care centers.
On Sept. 1, 2014, new immunization guidelines go into effect in Minnesota, according to the Department of Health (MDH).
Here are some of the new requirements:
- Hepatitis B—For all children older than 2 months who are enrolled or are enrolling in child care or an early childhood program.
- Hepatitis A—For all children older than 12 months who are enrolled or enrolling in child care or an early childhood program.
- Tdap—For all students entering seventh grade. Students in eighth through 12th grades 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 grades must show documentation if the school requests it.
There also are changes to requirements for Varicella and Polio and DTaP immunization. In addition, early childhood programs are now included in Minnesota’s Immunization Law.
For more information, you can visit the state immunization website (click on Immunization Laws in the left-hand column) or call the Immunization Program at 651-201-5503 or 1-800-657-3970.
Parents who do not wish to have their children immunized can file a legal exemption with the school.
The Wisconsin Department of Health (WDH) has not announced new requirements for 2014. The current Wisconsin immunization program for children can be found on the WDH website.