OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6949

AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS.

SUMMARY:

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

BACKGROUND

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

10. Meningitis (7th grade) (CGS 10-204a, 19a-7f and Conn. Agencies Regs. 10-204a et seq. and 19a-79-6a).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

23

Nay

4

(03/27/2015)