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New School and Daycare Immunization Rules in Effect this September

By Dawn Martin, MD, MPH, Pediatric Staff Physician, Hennepin County Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

Long waited changes to Minnesota’s Immunization law will go into effect in September 2014. Minnesota’s immunization law has not been updated for over 10 years and current law did not reflect national standards to protect children from vaccine-preventable disease. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) started a process almost two years ago to update Minnesota school and daycare requirements to reflect national immunization standards as set by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). Drs. Robert Jacobson, Dawn Martin and Michael Garvis were participants in the Immunization Rulemaking Advisory Committee for this process and Drs. Robert Jacobson and Mark Schleiss testified at a public hearing in June 2013 in support of these changes. MDH also involved other stakeholders in the process, including schools, parents, child care providers and early childhood programs. The new immunization requirements for children in Minnesota child care, early childhood programs and schools apply to children enrolling in programs beginning September 1, 2014.

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