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Mandates Meningitis Vaccines for children 11 and 16 years old

Location: KS
Title: Mandates Meningitis Vaccines for children 11 and 16 years old
Identifier: HB 2205
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Died, 5/4/2018


UPDATE: 5/10/2018 - HB 2205 officially died on May 4, 2018. 

UPDATE: 5/10/2017 - HB 2205 failed to move before the deadline, however bills in KS can carry over from odd to even years so this bill will have to be watched during the 2018 legislative session.

UPDATE: 3/23/2017 - HB 2205 had a hearing on 3/15/2017, however the bill has not been voted on or moved out of committee as of 3/23/2017.  The Kansas Legislative Session ends on April 7th.  Continue to urge the members of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee to oppose HB 2205. 

For additional information see the NVIC Handout on Meningitis Disease and Vaccines

UPDATE: 3/7/2016 - HB 2205 was referred to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 09:30 AM Room 118-N. This bill was amended in the house to specify that the new vaccine mandate would apply to children no earlier than age 11 with a booster at age 16 or later.  See text of amended version -

According to the fiscal note for HB 2205, the fiscal note would tell the legislators how much the bill would cost,

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is unable to determine a fiscal effect for HB 2205 because there are currently vaccines for two different types of meningitis, and the bill does not specify whether one or both vaccines would be required.

If you would like to testify on this bill either in person or in writing, here's what you need to do:

1. Call Donola Fairbanks at 785-296-5123 or email her at and provide your name and indicate that you wish to submit testimony against the bill. The bill in question regarding the meningitis vaccine mandate is HB 2205 and has a hearing scheduled on 3/15 at 9:30am.

2. Indicate if you are going to testify in person at the hearing, or if you are submitting written-only testimony.

3. Provide 40 written copies of your testimony to the committee (Room 441-E) by noon on the day before the hearing. This would be Tuesday 3/14.

4. Email your testimony (PDF format preferred but Word document is acceptable) to Ms. Fairbanks at the email address above.


UPDATE: 2/24/2017 - HB 2205 passed the full House on 2/23/2017.

UPDATE: 2/21/2017 - HB 2205 passed the House Health and Human Servicees Committee on 2/20/2017.  For information on support and opposition in the hearing, click here - 

UPDATE 2/9/2017: HB 2205 is scheduled for a hearing on 2/16/2017 in the Health and Human Services Committee at 01:30 PM in Room 546-S.  

The Committee Assistant is the point of contact for anyone wishing to appear before the Health and Human Services Committee. Please contact Lydia Meiss for the correct number of copies of written testimony. Any individual with a disability may request accommodation in order to participate in Legislative committee meetings. Requests should be made at least two working days in advance of the meeting by contacting Legislative Administrative Services at: (785) 296-2391 TTY: 711, or E-mail: - agenda 

HB 2205 was introduced on 1/30/2017 and referred to the House Health and Human Services Committee.  This bill is sponsored by the House Health and Human Services Committee.  

This bill would add a mandate for Meningitis Vaccine by adding the following new law:

AN ACT concerning vaccinations for meningitis.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. In addition to the required vaccinations specified under K.A.R. 28-1-20(b), vaccinations for meningitis shall also be required.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the Kansas register. - text, status and history