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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — The Dakota County Public Health Department recently presented District 196 with an Immunization Achievement Award for promoting immunizations and protecting children from infectious diseases.

The award recognizes District 196 schools for having the highest overall vaccination rates among kindergarten students last year (96.3 percent) compared to other school districts in the county.

On-time vaccination throughout childhood helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases and it also helps prevent the spread of disease in the community. In District 196, each school has a full-time nurse who works with families to ensure children meet the requirements of Minnesota’s immunization law.

The Health Services section of the District 196 website includes information about immunization requirements before children can enter school each fall.

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