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Requires health dept. to provide a report to the legislature with recommended vaccine additions

Location: MT
Title: Requires health dept. to provide a report to the legislature with recommended vaccine additions
Identifier: HB 524
Stance: WATCH
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Tabled in committee 2/23/2015


HB 524 was introduced on 2/16/2015. A hearing was held in the Human Services Committee on 2/20/2015.  The bill was tabled by the committee on 2/23/2014. 

This bill does not give authority to the health department to add new vaccine mandates, however it does require the health dept. to provide a report to the legislature that includes the current ACIP Federally Recommended Schedule so that the legislature can consider additions, among other things.$CMTE.ActionQuery?P_COM_NM=(H)+Human+Services&P_ACTN_DTM=&U_ACTN_DTM=&Z_ACTION2=Find&P_SESS=20151 - committee information - text of HB 524$BSRV.ActionQuery?P_SESS=20151&P_BLTP_BILL_TYP_CD=&P_BILL_NO=&P_BILL_DFT_NO=LC2367&P_CHPT_NO=&Z_ACTION=Find&P_SBJT_SBJ_CD=&P_ENTY_ID_SEQ= - history and status for HB 524

     (3) (a) The department shall publish biennially a recommended schedule for childhood immunizations as required in 20-5-403. In preparing the recommended immunization schedule, the department shall consult with relevant public health and medical authorities, including but not limited to the American medical association, the American academy of family physicians, and the American academy of pediatrics.

     (b) The department shall provide a biennial report to the legislature pursuant to 5-11-210. The report must contain at a minimum:

     (i) the current recommended immunization schedule;

     (ii) the percentage of children who are immunized;

     (iii) the number and types of immunization exemptions granted;

     (iv) the number of serious reactions reported to immunizations; and

     (v) the history and location of any outbreak of the diseases listed in 20-5-403.

     (c) The department shall inform the appropriate legislative interim committees when additions or revisions to the immunizations listed in 20-5-403 are medically recommended so that the recommendations can be presented to the next legislature for consideration for possible inclusion in 20-5-403."