Beginning January 1, 2018, several changes have been made to North Dakota Administrative Rule 33-06-05 regarding child care and school immunization requirements.
- Hepatitis B vaccine is now required for day care entry. Previously only for school entry.
- Previously a parent could sign an exemption for history of disease. Now it needs to be signed by a physician. This includes hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella or chickenpox.
- Meningococcal vaccine is a 2 dose series with the second dose to be given at age 16. This has changed from a recommendation to a requirement. Now students will be required to get their second dose for the 11th and 12th grades.
- Another change will help cover a gap in the law. If the 7th grade dose of Tdap or Meningococcal vaccine is missed, it will now be required in later grades.
- New school requirements will start for the 2018 – 2019 school year. It will help so if students missed the first year an immunization is required they can get caught up with their vaccinations in a later school year.
- Schools are required to exclude children who are not up-to-date or who haven’t submitted an immunization record on October 1st, or 30 days after enrollment if enrolling after October 1st.
If your child has been getting all their routine recommended vaccines, this won’t be any change for them. The goal is to provide the best protection for our children against these diseases. More information can be found in the State's press release.