OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS.
Current law exempts children from school immunization requirements if a child presents a statement from his or her parents or guardians that the immunization would be contrary to the child's religious beliefs. This bill requires that the statement be notarized. The bill also extends the notarization requirement to children attending child day care centers and group day care homes whose parents or guardians object to such immunization on religious grounds.
Existing law requires children attending child day care centers, group day care homes, and public and private schools to be immunized against certain diseases, such as measles, mumps, and rubella; diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; and polio, among others (see BACKGROUND). In addition to the above religious exemption, the law provides a medical exemption for children who can document that immunization is medically contraindicated.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015
Childhood Immunization Requirements
Connecticut requires children attending day care facilities or public and private schools to be immunized against the following diseases:
1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (preschool through grade 12);
2. Polio (preschool through grade 12);
3. Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (preschool through grade 12);
4. Hemophilus influenza B (under age 5);
5. Hepatitis B (preschool through grade 12);
6. Hepatitis A (preschool and kindergarten);
7. Chicken Pox (preschool through grade 12);
8. Influenza (preschool);
9. Pneumonia (under age 5); and
Public Health Committee
Joint Favorable Substitute