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.READ MORE: 'It Was Pretty Chaotic': 3 Dead In Montana Amtrak Train Derailment
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.READ MORE: Boy, Man Grazed By Bullets In South Minneapolis Shooting
And if those shots aren’t updated, Bahta says “the child would be excluded from the child-care program or from school.”