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Requires nursing facilities to offer employees and residents flu vaccines unless contraindicated

Location: NE
Title: Requires nursing facilities to offer employees and residents flu vaccines unless contraindicated
Identifier: LB267
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Enacted 4/27/2017

Description:

UPDATE: 5/10/2017 - LB 267 was signed by the governor on 4/27/2017.  http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/105/PDF/Slip/LB267.pdf - final version

UPDATE: 4/25/2017 - LB 267 passed the full Senate on 4/24/2017.

UPDATE: 4/5/2017 - LB 267 passed the Health and Human Service Committee as amended on 3/30/2017. 

UPDATE: LB 267 is still pending in the Health and Human Services Committee with an amendment.  The amendment would remove the pneumococcal vaccine requirement for employees, however the amendment does not include exemptions for religious or conscientious beliefs and should still be opposed. See text of amendment here -http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/105/PDF/AM/AM41.pdf

UPDATE 1/18/2017: LB 267 was referred to Health and Human Services Committee on 1/13/2017.

LB 267 was introduced on 1/11/2017 and is sponsored by Senator Linehan.  

This bill would require each nursing facility and skilled nursing facility to annually offer onsite vaccinations for influenza and pneumococcal disease to all employees, residents, and inpatients, pursuant to procedures of the facility and in accordance with the recommendations of the advisory committee on immunization practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Public Health Service of the United States Department of Health and Human Services as the recommendations existed on January 1, 2017.

This section shall not apply in individual cases when contraindicated or if a national shortage of the vaccine exists.

This bill is not necessary and should include language saying it should not apply if an individual refuses for religious or conscientious beliefs. 

http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=31293 - text, status and history