New Immunization Requirements

New Immunization Laws for Kindergarten-8th grade


On September 1, 2014, changes to Minnesota's Immunization law will take effect. For complete information please see the Minnesota Health Departments' web site about the changes http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/immrule/newlawfs.html

The new vaccines that will require documentation of immunization or a legal exemption include:

  • Hepatitis B - For all children over 2 months old enrolled or enrolling in child care or an early childhood program.
  • Hepatitis A - For all children over 12 months old enrolled or enrolling in child care or an early childhood program.
  • Tdap - For all students entering seventh grade. Students in eighth through 12th grade must show documentation if the school requests it. This replaces the Td immunization requirement.
  • Meningitis (meningococcal) - For all students entering seventh grade. Students entering eighth through 12th grade must show documentation if the school requests it.

Changes to Previous Vaccine Requirements

  • Varicella - Must have received varicella vaccine by 15 months of age to enroll in child care or early childhood programs. This applies to children turning 15 months old on Sept. 1, 2014 or after.
    Additionally, the law clarifies that if a child had varicella disease:
      • Before 2010, the parent or guardian needs to provide the month/year of the disease and their signature. A provider’s signature is not required.
      • After 2010, a provider’s signature is required.
  • Polio and DTaP - Starting Sept. 1, 2014, children enrolled or enrolling in child care, early childhood programs, and kindergarten through 12th grade and are completing their polio or DTaP series must have had their final:
    • Polio dose (usually fourth dose) on or after their fourth birthday.
    • DTaP dose (usually fifth dose) vaccine on or after their fourth birthday.

    Remember, this change takes effect on September 1, 2014, so incoming kindergartners for the 2014-2015 school year who have completed their polio and DTaP series are exempt. This change will have a bigger impact on incoming kindergartners for the 2015-16 school year.

    Note: This change doesn’t apply to children in upper grades, in other words, a review of records for children in first through 12th grade isn’t necessary.

  • Kindergarten through 12th grade - The immunization law now specifies that students in all grades have documentation for all required vaccines. If the school requests immunization records for any student (K-12), parents must comply by providing the immunization dates or a legal exemption. The requirement for schools to report compliance at kindergarten and seventh grade to MDH remains unchanged.
    Please call me at school if you have questions, I will be happy to help you.