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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 6977

January Session, 2007

 

LCO No. 3492

 

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Referred to Committee on Public Health

 

Introduced by:

 

(PH)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR DISEASES CAUSED BY HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 10-204a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2007):

(a) Each local or regional board of education, or similar body governing a nonpublic school or schools, shall require each child to be protected by adequate immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hemophilus influenzae type B and any other vaccine required by the schedule for active immunization adopted pursuant to section 19a-7f before being permitted to enroll in any program operated by a public or nonpublic school under its jurisdiction. Before being permitted to enter sixth grade, a child shall receive an initial dose of human papilloma virus vaccine consistent with the most recent recommendations of the National Immunization Practices Advisory Committee. Before being permitted to enter seventh grade, a child shall receive a second immunization against measles. Any such child who (1) presents a certificate from a physician or local health agency stating that initial immunizations have been given to such child and additional immunizations are in process under guidelines and schedules specified by the Commissioner of Public Health; or (2) presents a certificate from a physician stating that in the opinion of such physician, such immunization is medically contraindicated because of the physical condition of such child; or (3) presents a statement from the parents or guardian of such child that such immunization would be contrary to the religious beliefs of such child; or (4) in the case of measles, mumps or rubella, presents a certificate from a physician or from the director of health in such child's present or previous town of residence, stating that the child has had a confirmed case of such disease; or (5) in the case of hemophilus influenzae type B has passed his fifth birthday; or (6) in the case of pertussis, has passed his sixth birthday, shall be exempt from the appropriate provisions of this section. If the parents or guardians of any children are unable to pay for such immunizations, the expense of such immunizations shall, on the recommendations of such board of education, be paid by the town.

(b) The definitions of adequate immunization shall reflect the schedule for active immunization adopted pursuant to section 19a-7f and be established by regulation adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 by the Commissioner of Public Health, who shall also be responsible for providing procedures under which said boards and said similar governing bodies shall collect and report immunization data on each child to the Department of Public Health for compilation and analysis by said department.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2007

10-204a

Statement of Purpose:

To prevent diseases caused by human papilloma virus.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]