Health Notes: Minnesota vaccine requirements revisedNew immunization requirements for child care, early childhood programs and schools will take effect next Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Health announced.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota vaccine requirements revised
New immunization requirements for child care, early childhood programs and schools will take effect next Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Health announced.
Among the biggest changes called for, according to a Health Department news release:
The new rules do not change the medical exemption or the option for parents to decline any and all vaccines for reasons of conscience, the news release said.
The changes bring Minnesota’s immunization rules in line with current national recommendations and practices, the news release said.
Top doc sought
The Lake Superior Medical Society is seeking nominations for the 2013 Physician of the Year Award.
Doctors who practice in southern St. Louis, Carlton, Lake and Cook counties and in Superior are eligible, a medical society news release said. A nominating letter should briefly describe why the doctor deserves the award. A panel of medical society members will make the decision, and the award will be presented on Dec. 5.
Nominations are due by Nov. 8 and can be submitted to Lake Superior Medical Society, 324 W. Superior St., Suite 910, Duluth MN 55802, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screen your lung online
An online tool can help you decide if you might be at risk for lung cancer.
The American Lung Association in Minnesota announced the screening aid is at LungCancer
ScreeningSavesLives.org. Answering the questions will help you decide if meet the guidelines for a low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening for lung cancer. After completing the assessment, you should consult with a health professional, the group’s news release said.
Lung cancer often shows no symptoms until it is in the advanced stages, the news release said. So it’s believed screening at-risk individuals could prevent an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 deaths per year.
Talking health on TV
Eye problems will be the topic of tonight’s edition of “Doctors On Call” at 7 on PBS North, Channels 8.1 and 31.1. Dr. Ruth Westra will host the half-hour call-in show.
That will be followed at 7:30 by “Speak Your Mind,” with a half-hour program on geriatric mental health hosted by Dr. Carolyn Phelps.