A new Minnesota law that changes immunization requirements for students entering Grade 7 goes into effect September 1, 2014. The updated requirements make Minnesota’s immunizations law in-line with current national recommendations and practices.
The new school immunization law requires all students entering Grade 7 to receive a single dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine, and a single dose of the meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine. Students must show that they have had the required vaccines by the start of the new school year, or they may not be able to attend school. If claiming a medical or conscientious exemption, this must also be filed with the school by the start of the school year.
Vaccines are the most effective tool to prevent infectious diseases. “Immunizations protect children from serious childhood diseases and related complications,” said Marcee Shaughnessy, Manager of the Carver County Public Health Department. “I encourage parents or guardians to talk to their child’s healthcare provider and school health services to ensure that all immunizations are up-to-date before the start of each school year.”
Carver County Public Health is hosting a series of Back-to-School Shot Clinics for children that do not have insurance, or whose insurance does not cover immunizations. Public Health’s 2014 Back-to-School Shot Clinics will be held from 3:00–5:00 p.m., by appointment only, at the Carver County Government Center (600 4th Street East, Chaska), on the following dates:
- August 25th
- September 8th
- September 15th
- September 22nd
Students entering Grade 7 can receive the new required immunizations at these clinics, if needed. For more information or to make an appointment, please call Carver County Public Health at (952) 361-1329. Additional information about the new school immunization requirement can be found at www.co.carver.mn.us/departments/ph and click on “Immunization Law Changes.”