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August 12, 2019

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. The Minnesota Department of Health maintains data relating to immunization coverage rates. You can view school immunization rates, as well as immunization rates at the county level, based on information collected through […]

July 29, 2019

In less than a week, Minnesota law will require drivers to put down their phones and go hands-free while driving. The state’s hands-free cell phone law takes effect Aug. 1 and makes Minnesota the 19th state, along with Washington, D.C., to enact laws regarding hands-free use while driving. The new law allows drivers over 18 […]

Under the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, the use of e-cigarettes and vapes, often called vaping, will be subject to the same prohibitions and restrictions as cigarette smoking beginning Aug. 1, protecting Minnesotans from exposure to e-cigarette use in all restaurants, bars and almost all indoor workplaces and public places. Despite common misperceptions, e-cigarette aerosol […]

July 21, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is rolling out changes to the Annual Immunization Status Report (AISR), through which schools are required to report the immunization or exemption status of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Schools have been reporting on the first dose of meningococcal vaccine, MenACWY, for seventh-graders since September 2014. This fall, MDH will ask schools […]

Many thanks to the pediatricians, med-peds, residents, fellows and international medical graduates who offered/assisted with immunization education during the snowy winter and during Ramadan 2019. We reached over 3,000 Somali adults at the immunization education and question/answer sessions at 19 mosques throughout Minnesota. Participating physicians included:  Drs. Kathy Kulus, Gary Snead, Ann Sneiders, Krista Hemmesch, Vijay […]

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