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New school immunization rules adopted by state


Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has adopted rules that set out new immunization requirements and makes several modifications to the current school immunization requirements.

Beginning with the 2004-05 school year, children in child care, kindergarten and seventh grade will need to show proof they are vaccinated against chicken pox (varicella) or have had the disease. Children under two years old in child care will need to show proof they are immunized against pneumococcal disease. Also effective in 2004, children entering

kindergarten will need to show proof of a second dose for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, while the required second dose will continue for children in grades 7-12 until 2012.

The new rules do not change the medical exemption or the option for parents to decline any or all vaccines for conscientious reasons. In fact, the rules include a provision that requires all childcare facilities and elementary/secondary schools to use the official MDH record form or a similar document approved by MDH when communicating to parents regarding immunization requirements and exemption procedures. This is in response to concerns from parents and others that the information schools and child care facilities send out does not always follow the law and does not always include information about the legal exemptions, as required. While legal exemptions do exist, it is strongly encouraged that all children receive the needed vaccinations, if there are no medical contraindications. This is especially true in Fillmore County, where a large ethnic group lives that does not generally receive immunizations. This leaves the rest of the population at increased risk to exposure to different vaccine preventable diseases.

These new immunization requirements are supported and recommended by major national medical groups, including the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AFP). Forty-one states already require chickenpox vaccine. Minnesota joins six other states in taking the lead on combating pneumococcal disease through the vaccine requirement. In response to this new requirement, Fillmore County Public Health will begin offering the pediatric pneumococcal vaccine to its clients in October. For those people who receive vaccinations at their local medical clini .....
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Harmony seeks to purchase property from the county

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority (EDA), City Administrator Jerome Illg, and Council Member Mark McKay approached the commissioners about the possible acquisition of a parcel that runs just west of the incubator building at 235 2nd St. NW in ..... 
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CCC and WPA are an important part of local history

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

On October 29, 1929 the stock market crashed and the United States was sent into a great depression that lasted for over ten years. In just a short period of time, millions of Americans lost their life savings. Over half a million were unemployed and ..... 
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Preston woman recovers from liver transplant

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

"It has been almost a nursing class on its own, stated Irene Mathison, as she reflected on the health problems of her daughter. She and her husband, Larry, have spent the better part of ten years helping their daughter, Karen, work through a maze of ..... 
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ATV track hits big bump in road to approval

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

For a while, it looked like a fast track to a fast track.   A citizen, in this case Dave Clement, told a county commissioner, Randy Dahl, that he wanted to build a commercial ATV (all terrain vehicle, commonly known as 4-whee ..... 
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Special elections slated for Preston

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

Monday's Preston City Council meeting had a bumpy start with a council that seems split on most difficult and contentious issues. With the recent passing of Mike Gartner, the city council is left with a two-to-two vote, especially when anything havin ..... 
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Funding, levies, and budgets on Lanesboro Council minds

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Lanesboro City Council adopted a proposed levy of $310,105 at their meeting September 15. An estimated eight percent increase in tax capacity is expected for Lanesboro; the city tax rate will remain at .75022. The impact of this will be an $87 in ..... 
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Floating in a cloudless sky

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

Your first time up in a glider? Steve Fischer asks me. Steve is a mechanical engineer from the metro area whose passion in life is flying gliders.   Yah, I shout out above the noise of the wind.   ..... 
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2003 drought reduces profit potential

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

There is a saying among farmers, no matter where they live, that it always rains around here ten minutes before it is too late. After abundant rainfall up until mid-July, the 2003 growing season appears to be one when the rains may be even later th ..... 
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