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. “It’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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