Changes to School Immunization Rules Possible

KIMT News 3

ALBERT LEA, MN — Students around Minnesota could be seeing a change when it comes to getting immunizations for school.

The Department of Health wants to add hepatitis a and b vaccine for children enrolled in childcare or school based learning programs.

They would also replace the 7th grade tetanus shot with one with a pertussis vaccine.

Health experts say it’s something that will keep children safe.

“Immunizations are recommended and required because it is something that helps people,” Licensed Nurse Carol Bosma said. β€œIt’s not something that is a punitive thing. It is something to help and keep people from getting diseases.”

The changes would also require a meningitis vaccine beginning in 7th grade.

The new rules could take effect by 2014.

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