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Expands and protects medical exemptions to vaccination in MS

Location: MS
Title: Expands and protects medical exemptions to vaccination in MS
Identifier: HB 1456
Stance: SUPPORT
Action Required: Contact your legislators and ask them to support HB 1456
Status: Died in Committee on 1/31/2017

Description:

UPDATE 2/1/2017: HB 1456 died in Committee on 1/31/2017.

HB 1456 was introduced on 1/16/2017 and referred to the House Education and Health and Human Services Committees.  This bill's main sponsor is Rep. Mark Formby.  

This bill would expand the current medical exemption to allow any licensed M.D. or D.O. to write a letter of medical exemption and protects that exemption from being rejected by adding the following new law:

(b)  To claim an exemption from a required vaccination for medical reasons, the parent or guardian of the child must present a letter written on the stationery of a physician (M.D. or D.O.), who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States and who has examined the child, in which it is stated that, in the physician's medical judgment and opinion, the required vaccine is medically contraindicated or poses a significant risk to or would be injurious to the health and well‐being of the child or any member of the child's household.  Unless it is written in the letter that a lifelong condition exists, the letter of exemption is valid for the duration of the child's attendance in the school district.  If a child is transferred to a new school district, the provisions of this subsection must be met for enrollment and admission in that school district.

(c)  If a letter of exemption from vaccination or letter limiting the number of vaccinations meets the requirements of this subsection, the opinion of the physician who signed the letter of exemption is final and may be not contradicted or rejected by the local health officer or the State Department of Health, and the school to which the certificate is presented must accept the letter of exemption.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2017/pdf/history/HB/HB1456.xml - text, status and history