Minnesota gets wise on immunizations

September 18, 2012 by  

It was announced earlier this month that Minnesota’s goals have been reached as 96% of children aged between 19 and 35 months are now vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).

Most New Brighton parents will be aware that Minnesota laws require children to be immunized in order to attend school. As well as MMR, kids must also be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, commonly known as DPT, as well as chicken pox, hepatitis B, and Hib, which is a flu vaccine. A grace period of 30 days is usually provided for students coming into a school halfway through the year.

Parents also have the option to complete an exemption form if their children cannot tolerate immunization shots or if a medical doctor advises that shots will cause an adverse effect.

Flyer printing to advertise the need for immunization is frequently undertaken to remind parents that immunization shots must be taken. Minnesota’s Immunization Law does have a provision for exemptions, however. In rare cases, a child may file a medical exemption with doctor approval if the vaccination would have adverse effects on an ongoing medical issue or if religious beliefs contradict the State law.

Nancy Haugen, school nurse consultant at Mounds View schools, said:

“We have a few students who have health conditions that prevent them from being immunized because of their health conditions. We have another small, very, very small [number of] families who choose conscientious objection. But we do have a few.”

In Minnesota, 1.6% of parents file objections when their children begin kindergarten. Oregon has the most objections to immunization shots at just under 6%.