Minnesota Changes Vaccine Requirements for Schools, Child Care and Early Childhood Programs

Posted at: 10/28/2013 9:35 PM

MGN Online
MGN Online

(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota Department of Health announced changes to immunization requirements for schools, child care and early childhood programs starting Sept. 2014.

Among the new rules, Hepatitis A and B Vaccinations are now required for child care and early childhood programs.  The current tetanus-diphtheria vaccine for seventh graders will be replaced with one that includes pertussis.  Students entering seventh grade will also need a Meningococcal vaccination.

The new rules are meant to align the state's requirements with national practices. Parents can still claim a medical exemption or decline vaccines for their children.

Details on all the changes can be found on the MDH's website.