AUDIO: Vaccination time for kids

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Aug 14, 2013 at 6:25 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) The calendar shows it's mid August, and the Minnesota Health Department's Kris Ehresmann says that makes it a good time for parents to make sure their children are current on their vaccinations before they head back to school. 

Ehressmann says Minneosota has a school and child care immunization law. She says for a child entering kindergarten,  you want to make sure they've received the Hepatitis B vaccine, the DTAP vaccines, polio vaccines, MMR vaccines and the chicken pox vaccine. 

For seventh graders, they need to have a vaccine that contains tetanus. 

Ehresmann says many of the vaccines are part of a series that can be finished while a child is in school. 

Ehresmann says Minnesota's vaccination compliance rate is 97-percent--one of the highest rates in the country.

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