MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With school starting in less than two weeks, parents are urged to make sure their children’s vaccines are updated.
For the first time in Minnesota, vaccines are required against Hepatitis A and B for kids entering early-education programs. Junior high school students need to be immunized against meningitis, along with having an updated tetanus booster.
The state’s health department’s Lynn Bahta says most children have already gotten these vaccines, which have been recommended for a least a decade.
“We really felt like we needed to update our law to reflect those recommendations,” she said.
This adds up to a healthy learning environment.
“By keeping the kids healthy, the kids can stay in school and learn,” Bahta said. “It minimizes that disruption of learning.
And if those shots aren’t updated, Bahta says “the child would be excluded from the child-care program or from school.”