Minnesota’s new immunization requirements take effect Sept. 1, and with August serving as National Immunization Month, we urge parents to get their children’s vaccinations updated ahead of the upcoming school year.
The Minnesota Department of Health’s statewide requirement changes were made to protect kids from measles, whooping cough and other preventable diseases.
Getting vaccinated before September is important.
“Vaccines take about a month or so, in general, to really be full force and working for your body effectively,” Pamela “Gigi” Chawla, MD, Children’s senior medical director for primary care, said in an interview with KARE-TV. “We want kids to be ready for their school year.”
The new requirements include:
- Hepatitis A and B vaccinations for children enrolling in child care or school-based early childhood programs
- Pertussis vaccine added to tetanus-diphtheria vaccine for seventh-graders
- Meningococcal meningitis vaccine for seventh-graders
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinations given to children in the past 20 years will prevent an estimated 732,000 deaths and save $295 billion.
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Changes to state’s immunization law (KARE-TV):