Minnesota Statutes Section 121A.15 requires that all children who are enrolled in a Minnesota school be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella, Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, and rubella, allowing for certain specified exceptions. Additionally, the law requires students entering grades 7-12 to provide proof of a second dose of measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and a booster for tetanus and diphtheria toxoid (Td) that has been given after the age of eleven.

* A statement signed by a physician or staff of an immunization clinic stating that the student has commenced a schedule of the immunizations, and the dates of the initial immunizations and planned dates for further immunizations are included.
 * A statement signed by a physician stating that the immunization is contra-indicated for medical reasons, or that laboratory confirmation of the presence of adequate immunity exists.
 * A notarized statement signed by the student's parent or legal guardian stating that the prescribed immunizations are contrary to conscientiously held beliefs of the parent or guardian.



Td vaccination is required for all students entering grade 7. Is your child protected? In order to assure that your child is fully protected, please check with your health care provider immediately. Please notify your School Health Office with any new immunization dates.

Before students can start seventh grade they will also need to show evidence of having received a second MMR and the hepatitis B vaccine series.

Is your child going into kindergarten or 7th grade?
Parents of children entering kindergarten or 7th grade will need to:
* Show proof their child has either received two chickenpox (varicella) shots or has had the disease, OR
* Show proof of a medical exemption signed by their health care provider, OR
* File a notarized waiver with their school if they are conscientiously opposed to chickenpox vaccine.

Six good reasons to vaccinate your child against chickenpox.
*The chickenpox virus spreads easily from person to person, through the air or by contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters.
* One child in 10 has serious complications from chickenpox. It can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage, or death. Children who are being treated with steroids for asthma or other illnesses are more susceptible to severe complications and death due to chickenpox.
* Before chickenpox vaccine was available, every year in the U.S. over 8,000 children were hospitalized and about one child died every week from chickenpox or its complications.
* Complications of chickenpox increase as a person gets older.
* Chickenpox generally causes a rash (300-500 blisters), itching, fever, and tiredness. It can also cause pneumonia, brain damage, or death.
* If a child gets chickenpox, he or she is usually out of school for a week or more.

Not sure your child has had all the other shots required for school?
Talk to your health care provider or visit the
Minnesota Department of Health's Immunization Program website.

For more information about Minnesota's School Immunization Law, call the Minnesota Department of Health Immunization Program or visit the Minnesota Department of Health's Immunization Program website.

To schedule immunizations, contact your child’s health care provider.

Child Health Clinic
 The Rice County Public Health provides regular health exams and immunizations to well infants, children and teens in Rice County. Immunizations are provided on a sliding fee scale. There is no fee if your child has been accepted into a Minnesota Health Care Program such as Medical Assistance (MA) or Minnesota Care. Phone: (507) 332-6111

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