[MMA News Now, Aug. 29, 2013]
The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) determined Aug. 28 that the Minnesota Department of Health has the statutory authority to adopt revisions to Minnesota’s school and child care immunization law. The OAH also said that the proposed rules are needed and reasonable.
The changes, which take effect in September 2014, will involve school-age children (grades K-12) and children in child care and school-based early childhood programs.
The changes include:
• requiring children enrolling in child care and school-based early childhood programs to get a vaccination for hepatitis A and B;
• requiring secondary students to get a meningococcal vaccination beginning in seventh grade; and
• replacing the current seventh-grade tetanus-diphtheria vaccine with one that also includes pertussis (Tdap).
• In addition, the timing of the polio vaccine and DTaP vaccine would be changed to match currently medically acceptable standards, and the age for the first varicella (chickenpox) immunization would be changed from 18 months to 15 months for children enrolling in child care and school-based early childhood programs.
MDH said these new vaccines will bring Minnesota up to speed with the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations.
Two MMA member physicians testified
before an administrative law judge on June 27 in favor of the proposed changes.