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New vaccine for Minnesota seventh graders

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You may want to double check to see if your middle school student is up to date on immunizations.

A new Minnesota state rule requires seventh graders to show they've received the vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough, as well as a bacterial meningitis vaccine.

The new requirements were approved by Governor Dayton last year.

They follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.

Parents can choose not to have their child vaccinated, but must provide schools with notarized medical or philosophical exemption forms.