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Letter: Vaccines will be offered as part of preparedness program

On April 3, 2014 Stevens Traverse Grant Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health Emergency Preparedness and Vaccine Divisions are teaming up.  The objective is to give sixth graders the newly required vaccines for seventh grade as part of a preparedness exercise.

Minnesota has a new school immunization law that will go into effect on Sept 1, 2014.  Students new to seventh grade are required to have vaccines protecting against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and meningitis. Local Public Health was given the opportunity to get free vaccine for the students, if we vaccinate the students as part of a preparedness exercise.

The exercise is named “OPERATION 2-4-7”  (two shots for seventh grade).  

Schools in Stevens, Traverse and Grant Counties are participating by bussing their sixth grade students to the Morris High School on April 3.  The students will be directed through our “mass dispensing” site getting the two shots they need to be ready for seventh grade.

Information and consent forms will be sent home or emailed to parents about the middle of March. Please watch for the forms and return them to your child’s school as instructed.  The benefit to families is the vaccines are free and once given, their children will be ready for seventh grade.

Should you have any questions about Operation 2-4-7,  or the vaccines please call me at 320-208-6670