In reality, this move is of exceptional importance, because, like many states, our immunization rules are confusing; CDC recommendations don't have to go through the legislative equivalent of the Tough Mudder race to come into play. In Minnesota, and other states, we do.
I bring this up because an important component of any possible new or revised rule requires, by law, a series of public meetings. These are opportunities for members of the public to voice concerns or support for the propose rule. Because this is an immunization rule revision, our friends at the Department of Health are certain to hear from a well-organized cadre of anti-vaccine activists and parents. Alas, on the pro-vaccine side--which can boast the largest membership, upwards of 90% of the parenting population--we are not so well-organized because, well, we have lives that don't revolve around likening pediatricians
to Nazi doctors and trying to push for "Nurenberg-style trials" for pediatricians (Source: International Medical Veritas Association. You want crazy? You got crazy. I refuse to post their website, but give them a Google search).
This being said, because the anti-vax contingent is so vocal and over the top, they tend to make a lot of noise and, like blowfish, appear bigger than they really are. So it's become important that parents who vaccinate their children because they know it's the right thing to do for their own kids, as well as the community at large (see Karen Ernst's fantastic post at Parents Who Protect) show up at these things. If you happen to live in Minnesota, please consider attending the Minnesota Immunization Rule Revision Public Meeting which takes place Thursday, June 14th from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Orville L. Freeman Building in St. Paul. Detailed information is below. I have also included information about the video/satellite meetings across the state of Minnesota on June 18th. If you live in the greater Twin Cities area or beyond, consider high-footing it to one of the locations below.
This will provide you an opportunity to speak up, show public officials another side of this debate. In upcoming days, I will also post a sample letter you can send to the Department of Health in support of these rules. The deadline for these letters is June 30, 2012.
Minnesota Immunization Rule Revision
Interested persons or groups may submit comments or information on these possible rules in writing or orally until 4:30 p.m. on June 30, 2012.
The Department will hold two public meetings on the rules.
- Thursday, June 14, 2012
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Orville L. Freeman Building
625 North Robert Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155
Parking in the Centennial Ramp is free after 4:30. The Green (or lowest) Level is closest to the main entrance. Map (PDF: 427KB/1 page)
Please allow for extra time because of the construction and road closures around the Freeman Building and in St. Paul. Road closures and detours change often, see the Central Corridor Light Rail Transitsite for the latest. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Monday, June 18, 2012
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Video conference at locations listed below
Registration is not required but is appreciated: Click to Register
Select "MN Imm Rule Revision Video Conf - [city of attendance]" from the drop-down Event list.
|MDH - Bemidji Office|
705 5th St NW, Suite A
|MDH - Marshall Office|
1400 East Lyon St
|Crow Wing County Social Services|
204 Laurel St
|MDH - Rochester Office|
18 Wood Lake Dr SE
|Polk County Public Health|
721 S Minnesota St
|Roseau County Social Services|
208 6th St SW
|St. Louis County Government Service Center|
320 West Second St, Room 406
|MDH - St. Cloud |
3333 West Division St, Suite 212
St. Cloud, MN
|MDH - Fergus Falls Office|
1505 Pebble Lake Rd,
Fergus Falls, MN
|MDH - Snelling Office ParkMississippi Room|
1645 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul, MN
715 4th St, 3rd Floor
International Falls, MN
|Kandiyohi County Human Services|
2200 23rd St NE
|MDH - Mankato Place|
12 Civic Center Plaza,