The proposed changes to immunization requirements for children in child care and grades pre-K-12 would:
- Require Hepatitis A and B vaccination for children enrolling in child care or school-based early childhood programs.
- Replace the current seventh- grade tetanus-diphtheria (Td) requirement with a vaccine that also includes pertussis (Tdap).
- Require secondary students to have meningococcal vaccination beginning in seventh grade.
If approved, the proposed changes would take effect beginning in September 2014. They do not change the medical exemption or the option for parents to decline any or all vaccines for conscientious reasons
The department plans to adopt the changes through its rulemaking authority without a public hearing. If, however, 25 or more people submit a written request for a hearing on the rules by on Friday, May 31, the department will hold a public hearing. Information on how to request a hearing or comment on the rules can be found at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/immrule/public.html. If a hearing is held, it will be conducted by Administrative Law Judge Eric L. Lipman, beginning at on Thursday, June 27, in room B144 Orville L. Freeman Building,
Some additional proposed changes to the school and child care immunization rules make modifications in the timing of certain doses of required vaccines to match current medically acceptable standards and put early childhood programs that meet regularly for six weeks or more under the immunization rule. More details on the proposed changes are on the MDH immunizations website at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/immrule/changes.html.
The changes being proposed are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) as well as other professional groups.
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