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Immunization Requirement


Minnesota College Immunization Law

Since the fall of 1991 there has been a state mandate for college students born in 1957 and later to have documentation of up-to-date immunization against diphtheria, tetanus (Td), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) with the exception of students who graduated from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later (they will have already met the immunization requirements as a high school student).

Immunization Requirement Form

Exceptions

You are not required to get the shots if you've already had one of the diseases such as measles, mumps, or rubella. Or your doctor can sign an exemption if you have another medical reason not to be vaccinated (such as a lab test showing you're immune or you're pregnant). You may also have religious or philosophical objections to being immunized. If so, you can submit a notarized statement of your beliefs.

Some students do have a hard time finding their immunization records. Try to remember where you were immunized, and see if your doctor or clinic still has the records. Your parents may be able to help. If you attended an elementary or secondary school in Minnesota, your former school district may still have your records. If you still can't find the records, you'll probably have to repeat the shots. You can get the shots from your own physician. You may also be able to get the shots at a community clinic or through your county public health service.

Other Vaccinations to be Considered

Meningitis: College students living in residence halls or close living quarters are at a higher risk for meningitis. The American College Health Association recommends that students consider vaccination to reduce their risk for potentially fatal meningeal disease. The Center for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend that providers of medical care should inform incoming and current college freshmen, particularly those who live in dormitories and residence halls, about meningeal disease and the benefits of vaccination.

For more information on meningitis click here

Hepatitis B is a highly contagious disease that infects the liver. The highest rate of disease occurs in person 20 - 49.

Hepatitis A is still a common disease in the United States. Hepatitis A symptoms are much more severe in adults than in children. Infected persons may need to rest in bed for days or weeks.