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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.256

Introduced by Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Mook of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Komline of Dorset, Evans of Essex,  Clarkson of Woodstock, Acinapura of Brandon, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of Vergennes, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lenes of Shelburne, Lippert of Hinesburg, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Monti of Barre City, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Health; schools; children; vaccinations

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to (1)  require girls entering grade 6 to show evidence of HPV vaccination; (2)  require those parents objecting on religious or moral grounds to sign a statement acknowledging receipt of information explaining the connection between the human papillomavirus and cervical cancer; and (3)  appropriate funds to the Vermont department of health for purchase of HPV vaccines.

AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING VACCINATION AGAINST CERVICAL CANCER

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  18 V.S.A. § 1122 is amended to read:

§ 1122.  EXEMPTIONS

(a)  A person may remain in school without a required immunization:

(1)  If the person, or in the case of a minor the person’s parent or guardian presents a written statement from a licensed physician, health clinic, or nurse that the person is in the process of being immunized.  The person may continue to attend school as long as the immunization process is being accomplished;

(2)  If a physician, licensed to practice in Vermont, certifies in writing that a specific immunization is or may be detrimental to the person’s health or is not appropriate;

(3)  If the person, or in the case of a minor the person’s parent or guardian states in writing that the person, parent, or guardian has religious beliefs or moral convictions opposed to immunization.  The parent or guardian must also state in writing, using a form such as the American Academy of Pediatrics form titled “refusal to vaccinate,” that he or she has received information explaining the connection between the human papillomavirus and cervical cancer, and that the parent or guardian has elected for the child not to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine.

(b)  The health department may provide by rule for further exemptions to immunization based upon sound medical practice.

Sec. 2.  18 V.S.A. § 1123 is amended to read:

§ 1123.  IMMUNIZATION RULES AND REGULATIONS

(a)  The health department in consultation with the department of education shall establish rules for administering this subchapter.  Such rules shall establish which immunizations shall be required and the manner and frequency of their administration.

(b)  No later than July 1, 2007, the department shall commence rulemaking for the purpose of amending the rules to require that a female child entering grade 6 on or after August 15, 2008 has completed the vaccination series for the human papillomavirus.

Sec. 3.  APPROPRIATION

There is appropriated from the general fund in fiscal year 2007 to the department of health the amount of $7,840,980.00.  This appropriation shall be expended by the department for the purchase and administration of vaccines for the prevention of cervical cancer.  In fiscal year 2007, the department shall make the vaccines available for administration to all females 11 years of age, and to 25 percent of the population of females ages nine, 10, and 12-26 years of age.  Any of the amount not used for these purposes in fiscal year 2007 shall not revert but shall be carried over by the department for expenditure for these purposes in fiscal year 2008.

Sec. 4.  Effective Date

Sec. 2 of this act shall take effect upon passage.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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