Thousands of Minnesota children will be subject to new vaccination rules next month.
Beginning Sept. 1, children enrolled in childcare and early childhood programs will be required to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B.
Those requirements already applied to some programs, but the rule change extends the requirement to every early childhood program.
"If you weren't caught up this is the reminder that you need to make sure that your kids are getting caught up," said Kris Ehresmann, director of the infectious disease division at the Minnesota Department of Heatlh. "But we don't think that it should be a huge issue for most parents if they have been having their kid evaluated and seen by their health care provider."
Students in 7th through 12th grades will be required to get a meningococcal vaccination and a tetnus-diphtheria booster dose that includes protection against pertussis.
The new vaccination rules bring Minnesota in line with current national immunization recommendations, said Ehresmann.
Parents are still allowed to decline any or all vaccines for "conscientious reasons." They can also claim an exemption if their child can't be vaccinated for medical reasons.