2012 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 10 - Education and Culture
Chapter 169 - School Health and Sanitation
Section 10-204a - Required immunizations. Temporary waiver.


CT Gen Stat § 10-204a (2012) What's This?

(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 seventh grade, a child shall receive a second immunization against measles. Any such child who (1) presents a certificate from a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse 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, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse stating that in the opinion of such physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse 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, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse 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.

(c) The Commissioner of Public Health may issue a temporary waiver to the schedule for active immunization for any vaccine if the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes a nation-wide shortage of supply for such vaccine.

(1959, P.A. 588, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 42, S. 1; P.A. 73-510, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-52, S. 1; P.A. 78-165, S. 1, 5; 78-218, S. 131; P.A. 81-139; P.A. 84-46; P.A. 91-327, S. 3, 8; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 96-244, S. 16, 63; P.A. 98-252, S. 39, 80; P.A. 11-242, S. 13.)

History: 1969 act allowed board of education to require measles immunization unless child entering school is certified to have had measles; P.A. 73-510 made measles immunization requirement mandatory by substituting “shall” for “may” but retained optional aspect re board’s requiring polio vaccination and added Subsec. (b) re effective date; P.A. 77-52 included rubella in mandatory immunization provision and deleted Subsec. (b); P.A. 78-165 replaced former provisions with new requirements for various vaccinations and conditions under which exceptions allowed, applicable to local and regional boards of education and governing bodies of nonpublic schools; P.A. 78-218 was not enacted because P.A. 78-165 took precedence; P.A. 81-139 amended Subsec. (a) to require immunization against mumps; P.A. 84-46 amended Subsec. (a) to delete the exemption from rubella immunizations for any child who has passed his twelfth birthday or who presents a doctor’s certificate stating that immunization is medically contraindicated; P.A. 91-327 added hemophilus influenzae type B and any other vaccine required by the department of health services to the mandatory immunization provisions and required a second immunization against measles before seventh grade, effective September 1, 1992; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-244 made technical changes in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 98-252 amended Subsec. (a) to add provision for the town to pay for the cost of immunizations if parents are unable to pay, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a) by adding physician assistant and advanced practice registered nurse as persons who may issue certificates re immunizations and added Subsec. (c) re authority of Commissioner of Public Health to issue a temporary waiver to the schedule for active immunization.

See Sec. 10-204c re immunity from liability for civil damages resulting from adverse reaction to nondefective vaccine.

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