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Connecticut State Vaccine Requirements


Posted Date: April 26, 2019
Connecticut State Vaccine Requirements

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Quick Facts and Resources for Connecticut Residents

Quick Fact: Any student or child whose parents or guardian presents a statement that such immunization is contrary to the religious beliefs of such student or child is exempt from immunization requirements.  Medical exemptions are also allowed. 

Other Resources: Many vaccination and exemption information links are date specific. If the links below have expired, click on the state's department of health, or immunization program link provided below, as they are likely to provide links to updated information. The General Information link leads to the overview page provided by the state at the time of this webpage's update and may also be helpful.  Please email NVIC with broken link information.  

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TITLE 10. EDUCATION AND CULTURE
CHAPTER 169 SCHOOL HEALTH AND SANITATION

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-204a. Required immunizations.

  1. (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 the parents or guardian of such child, which statement shall be acknowledged, in accordance with the provisions of sections 1-32, 1-34 and 1-35, by (A) a judge of a court of record or a family support magistrate, (B) a clerk or deputy clerk of a court having a seal, (C) a town clerk, (D) a notary public, (E) a justice of the peace, (F) an attorney admitted to the bar of this state, or (G) notwithstanding any provision of chapter 6, a school nurse; 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 child 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. Before being permitted to enter seventh grade, the parents or guardian of any child who is exempt on religious grounds from the immunization requirements of this section, pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection, shall present to such school a statement that such immunization requirements are contrary to the religious beliefs of such child or the parents or guardian of such child, which statement shall be acknowledged, in accordance with the provisions of sections 1-32, 1-34 and 1-35, by (A) a judge of a court of record or a family support magistrate, (B) a clerk or deputy clerk of a court having a seal, (C) a town clerk, (D) a notary public, (E) a justice of the peace, (F) an attorney admitted to the bar of this state, or (G) notwithstanding any provision of chapter 6, a school nurse.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.

TITLE 19A. PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
CHAPTER 368a DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-7f. Childhood immunization schedule.

The Commissioner of Public Health shall determine the standard of care for immunization for the children of this state. The standard of care for immunization shall be based on the recommended schedules for active immunization for normal infants and children published by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee, as determined by the Commissioner of Public Health on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The commissioner shall establish, within available appropriations, an immunization program which shall:  
(1) Provide vaccine at no cost to health care providers in Connecticut to administer to children so that cost of vaccine will not be a barrier to age-appropriate vaccination in this state;
 
(2) with the assistance of hospital maternity programs, provide all parents in this state with the recommended immunization schedule for normal infants and children, a booklet to record immunizations at the time of the infant's discharge from the hospital nursery and a list of sites where immunization may be provided;
 
(3) inform in a timely manner all health care providers of changes in the recommended immunization schedule;
 
(4) assist hospitals, local health providers and local health departments to develop and implement record-keeping and outreach programs to identify and immunize those children who have fallen behind the recommended immunization schedule or who lack access to regular preventative health care and have the authority to gather such data as may be needed to evaluate such efforts; (5) assist in the development of a program to assess the vaccination status of children who are clients of state and federal programs serving the health and welfare of children and make provision for vaccination of those who are behind the recommended immunization schedule;
 
(6) access available state and federal funds including, but not limited to, any funds available through the federal Childhood Immunization Reauthorization or any funds available through the Medicaid program;
 
(7) solicit, receive and expend funds from any public or private source; and
 
(8) develop and make available to parents and health care providers public health educational materials about the benefits of timely immunization.
 

(b)

(1) Commencing October 1, 2011, one group health care provider located in Bridgeport and one group health care provider located in New Haven, as identified by the Commissioner of Public Health, and any health care provider located in Hartford who administers vaccines to children under the federal Vaccines For Children immunization program that is operated by the Department of Public Health under authority of 42 USC 1396s may select under said federal program, and the department shall provide, any vaccine licensed by the federal Food and Drug Administration, including any combination vaccine and dosage form, that is (A) recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and (B) made available to the department by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(2) Not later than June 1, 2012, the Commissioner of Public Health shall provide an evaluation of the vaccine program established in subdivision (1) of this subsection to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health. Such evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, an assessment of the program's impact on child immunization rates, an assessment of any health or safety risks posed by the program, and recommendations regarding future expansion of the program.

(3)

(A) Provided the evaluation submitted pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection does not indicate a significant reduction in child immunization rates or an increased risk to the health and safety of children, commencing October 1, 2012, (i) any health care provider who administers vaccines to children under the federal Vaccines For Children immunization program that is operated by the Department of Public Health under authority of 42 USC 1396s may select, and the department shall provide, any vaccine licensed by the federal Food and Drug Administration, including any combination vaccine and dosage form, that is (I) recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and (II) made available to the department by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and (ii) any health care provider who administers vaccines to children may select, and the department shall provide, subject to inclusion in such program due to available appropriations, any vaccine licensed by the federal Food and Drug Administration, including any combination vaccine and dosage form, that is (I) recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, (II) made available to the department by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and (III) equivalent, as determined by the commissioner, to the cost for vaccine series completion of comparable available licensed vaccines.

(B) Commencing January 1, 2013, (i) any health care provider who administers vaccines to children under the federal Vaccines For Children immunization program that is operated by the Department of Public Health under authority of 42 USC 1396s shall utilize, and the department shall provide, any vaccine licensed by the federal Food and Drug Administration, including any combination vaccine and dosage form, that is (I) recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and (II) made available to the department by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and (ii) any health care provider who administers vaccines to children shall utilize, and the department shall provide, subject to inclusion in such program due to available appropriations, any vaccine licensed by the federal Food and Drug Administration, including any combination vaccine and dosage form, that is (I) recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, (II) made available to the department by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and (III) equivalent, as determined by the commissioner, to the cost for vaccine series completion of comparable available licensed vaccines.

(C) For purposes of subparagraphs (A)(ii) and (B)(ii) of this subdivision, “comparable” means a vaccine (i) protects a recipient against the same infection or infections, (ii) has similar safety and efficacy profiles, (iii) requires the same number of doses, and (iv) is recommended for similar populations by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(4)

(A) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply in the event of a public health emergency, as defined in section 19a-131, or an attack, major disaster, emergency or disaster emergency, as those terms are defined in section 28-1.

(B) Nothing in this subsection shall require a health care provider to procure a vaccine from the Department of Public Health when such provider is directed by said department to procure such vaccine from another source, including, but not limited to, during a declared national or state vaccine shortage.

(C) Nothing in this subsection shall require a health care provider to utilize or administer a vaccine provided by said department if, based upon such provider's medical judgment, (i) administration of such vaccine is not medically appropriate, or (ii) the administration of another vaccine that said department is not authorized to supply under subdivision (3) of this subsection is more medically appropriate.

(5) No health care provider shall seek or receive remuneration for or sell any vaccine serum provided by said department under this section. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a health care provider from charging or billing for administering a vaccine.

(6) Not later than January 1, 2014, said department shall submit a report to the General Assembly, in accordance with section 11-4a, evaluating the effectiveness of implementing expanded vaccine choice and universal health care provider participation.

(c) Not later than October 1, 2012, the Department of Public Health shall (1) post on its Internet web site its most current policy regarding vaccine wastage. Such policy shall include a statement of the factors said department used to determine such policy and shall be updated as necessary to reflect the most current policy in effect, and (2) make a form available to health care providers for the purpose of reporting to said department instances when a health care provider does not receive a full order of a requested vaccine. Not later than January 1, 2013, and biannually thereafter, said department shall, within available resources, track, record and investigate all such reported instances and shall post aggregate findings of such instances and the reasons for such findings on said department's Internet web site.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-79. (Formerly Sec. 19-43d). Regulations. Exemptions.

(a) The Commissioner of Early Childhood shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to carry out the purposes of sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, and 19a-82 to 19a-87, inclusive, and to assure that child care centers and group child care homes shall meet the health, educational and social needs of children utilizing such child care centers and group child care homes. Such regulations shall (1) specify that before being permitted to attend any child care center or group child care home, each child shall be protected as age-appropriate by adequate immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hemophilus influenzae type B and any other vaccine required by the schedule of active immunization adopted pursuant to section 19a-7f, including appropriate exemptions for children for whom such immunization is medically contraindicated and for children whose parents or guardian objects to such immunization on religious grounds, and that any objection by parents or a guardian to immunization of a child on religious grounds shall be accompanied by a statement from such parents or guardian that such immunization would be contrary to the religious beliefs of such child or the parents or guardian of such child, which statement shall be acknowledged, in accordance with the provisions of sections 1-32, 1-34 and 1-35, by (A) a judge of a court of record or a family support magistrate, (B) a clerk or deputy clerk of a court having a seal, (C) a town clerk, (D) a notary public, (E) a justice of the peace, or (F) an attorney admitted to the bar of this state, (2) specify conditions under which child care center directors and teachers and group child care home providers may administer tests to monitor glucose levels in a child with diagnosed diabetes mellitus, and administer medicinal preparations, including controlled drugs specified in the regulations by the commissioner, to a child receiving child care services at such child care center or group child care home pursuant to the written order of a physician licensed to practice medicine or a dentist licensed to practice dental medicine in this or another state, or an advanced practice registered nurse licensed to prescribe in accordance with section 20-94a, or a physician assistant licensed to prescribe in accordance with section 20-12d, and the written authorization of a parent or guardian of such child, (3) specify that an operator of a child care center or group child care home, licensed before January 1, 1986, or an operator who receives a license after January 1, 1986, for a facility licensed prior to January 1, 1986, shall provide a minimum of thirty square feet per child of total indoor usable space, free of furniture except that needed for the children's purposes, exclusive of toilet rooms, bathrooms, coatrooms, kitchens, halls, isolation room or other rooms used for purposes other than the activities of the children, (4) specify that a child care center or group child care home licensed after January 1, 1986, shall provide thirty-five square feet per child of total indoor usable space, (5) establish appropriate child care center staffing requirements for employees certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the National Safety Council, American Safety and Health Institute or Medic First Aid International, Inc., (6) specify that on and after January 1, 2003, a child care center or group child care home (A) shall not deny services to a child on the basis of a child's known or suspected allergy or because a child has a prescription for an automatic prefilled cartridge injector or similar automatic injectable equipment used to treat an allergic reaction, or for injectable equipment used to administer glucagon, (B) shall, not later than three weeks after such child's enrollment in such a center or home, have staff trained in the use of such equipment on-site during all hours when such a child is on-site, (C) shall require such child's parent or guardian to provide the injector or injectable equipment and a copy of the prescription for such medication and injector or injectable equipment upon enrollment of such child, and (D) shall require a parent or guardian enrolling such a child to replace such medication and equipment prior to its expiration date, (7) specify that on and after January 1, 2005, a child care center or group child care home (A) shall not deny services to a child on the basis of a child's diagnosis of asthma or because a child has a prescription for an inhalant medication to treat asthma, and (B) shall, not later than three weeks after such child's enrollment in such a center or home, have staff trained in the administration of such medication on-site during all hours when such a child is on-site, and (8) establish physical plant requirements for licensed child care centers and licensed group child care homes that exclusively serve school-age children. When establishing such requirements, the Office of Early Childhood shall give consideration to child care centers and group child care homes that are located in private or public school buildings. With respect to this subdivision only, the commissioner shall implement policies and procedures necessary to implement the physical plant requirements established pursuant to this subdivision while in the process of adopting such policies and procedures in regulation form. Until replaced by policies and procedures implemented pursuant to this subdivision, any physical plant requirement specified in the office's regulations that is generally applicable to child care centers and group child care homes shall continue to be applicable to such centers and homes that exclusively serve school-age children. The commissioner shall print notice of the intent to adopt regulations pursuant to this subdivision in the Connecticut Law Journal not later than twenty days after the date of implementation of such policies and procedures. Policies and procedures implemented pursuant to this subdivision shall be valid until the time final regulations are adopted.

(b) The commissioner may adopt regulations, pursuant to chapter 54, to establish civil penalties of not more than one hundred dollars per day for each day of violation and other disciplinary remedies that may be imposed, following a contested-case hearing, upon the holder of a license issued under section 19a-80 to operate a child care center or group child care home or upon the holder of a license issued under section 19a-87b to operate a family child care home.

(c) The commissioner shall exempt Montessori schools accredited by the American Montessori Society or the Association Montessori Internationale from any provision in regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section which sets requirements on group size or child to staff ratios or the provision of cots.

(d) Upon the declaration by the Governor of a civil preparedness emergency pursuant to section 28-9 or a public health emergency pursuant to section 19a-131a, the commissioner may waive the provisions of any regulation adopted pursuant to this section if the commissioner determines that such waiver would not endanger the life, safety or health of any child. The commissioner shall prescribe the duration of such waiver, provided such waiver shall not extend beyond the duration of the declared emergency. The commissioner shall establish the criteria by which a waiver request shall be made and the conditions for which a waiver will be granted or denied. The provisions of section 19a-84 shall not apply to a denial of a waiver request under this subsection.


REGULATIONS OF CONNECTICUT STATE AGENCIES
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
IMMUNIZATION OF SCHOOL CHILDREN

Regs., Conn. State Agencies § 10-204a-2a. Adequate immunization 

(a) Measles. An individual shall be considered adequately protected against measles if that individual:

(1) is enrolled in preschool and was immunized by use of one (1) dose of live attenuated measles vaccine on or after that individual's first birthday; or

(2) on or after August 1, 2011, is enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 and was immunized against measles by use of two (2) doses of a live attenuated measles vaccine given at least twenty-eight (28) days apart, the first on or after that individual's first birthday; or

(3) has had protection against measles confirmed in writing by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse based on specific blood testing by a certified laboratory.

(b) Rubella. An individual shall be considered adequately protected against rubella, if that individual:

(1) is enrolled in preschool and was immunized by use of one (1) dose of live attenuated rubella vaccine on or after that individual’s first birthday; or

(2) on or after August 1, 2011, is enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 and was immunized against rubella by use of two (2) doses of a live attenuated rubella vaccine given at least twenty-eight (28) days apart, the first on or after that individual’s first birthday; or

(3) has had protection against rubella confirmed in writing by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse based on specific blood testing by a certified laboratory.

(c) Poliomyelitis

(1) An individual eighteen (18) months of age or older shall be considered adequately protected against poliomyelitis if that individual has had a minimum of (3) doses of either trivalent oral polio vaccine (TOPV) or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), two (2) doses of polio vaccine given at least four (4) weeks apart and a third dose given at least two (2) months after the previous dose.

(2) For individuals enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve (12) and at least forty-eight (48) months of age, at least one (1) dose of polio vaccine must been given on or after the fourth birthday.

(d) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis

(1) An individual eighteen to eighty-three (18-83) months of age shall be considered adequately protected against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis if such individual was immunized with a minimum of four (4) doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis containing vaccine, three (3) doses given at a minimum of four (4) week intervals followed by a fourth dose at least six (6) months after the third.

(2) For individuals enrolled in grades kindergarten and above, at least one (1) dose of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis containing vaccine must have been given on or after the fourth birthday.

(3) An individual eighty-four (84) months of age or older shall be considered adequately protected if such individual was immunized with a minimum of two (2) doses of tetanus, diphtheria toxoid at a minimum of four (4) week intervals, followed by a third dose of tetanus, diphtheria toxoid at least six (6) months after the second dose.

(4) On or after August 1, 2011, an individual eleven (11) years of age or older enrolled in the seventh grade shall show proof of one (1) dose of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis containing vaccine in addition to completion of the recommended primary diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis containing vaccination series unless such individual has a medical exemption for this dose confirmed in writing by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse based on having last received diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis containing vaccine less than five (5) years earlier and no increased risk of pertussis according to the most recent standards of care for immunizations in Connecticut as prescribed in section 19a-7f of the Connecticut General Statutes. (e) Mumps. An individual shall be considered adequately protected against mumps if such
individual:

(e) Mumps. An individual shall be considered adequately protected against mumps if such individual:
 
(1) is enrolled in preschool and was immunized by use of one (1) dose of live attenuated mumps vaccine on or after that individual’s first birthday; or

(2) on or after August 1, 2011, is enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 and was immunized against mumps by use of two (2) doses of a live attenuated mumps vaccine given at least twenty-eight (28) days apart, the first on or after that individual’s first birthday; or

(3) has had protection against rubella confirmed in writing by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse based on specific blood testing by a certified laboratory

(f) Hemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib). An individual shall be considered adequately protected against Hib invasive disease if such individual:

(1) was immunized before age five (5) years with a single dose of Hib vaccine given at age twelve (12) months or older, or

(2) is currently age five (5) years or older, or

(3) had a natural laboratory confirmed infection with hemophilus influenzae type b at age twenty-four (24) months or older confirmed in writing by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse.

(g) Hepatitis B. An individual shall be considered adequately protected against hepatitis B if such individual:

(1) is enrolled in preschool through grade 12 and was immunized with three (3) doses of hepatitis B vaccine as follows: two (2) doses given at least four (4) weeks apart followed by a third dose at least sixteen (16) weeks after the first dose and at least eight (8) weeks after the second dose, and the third dose shall be given no earlier than twenty-four (24) weeks of age; or

(2) has had protection against hepatitis B confirmed in writing by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse based on specific blood testing by a certified laboratory.

(h) Varicella. An individual shall be considered adequately protected against varicella if that individual:

(1) is enrolled in preschool and was immunized with one (1) dose of live attenuated varicella vaccine on or after that individual’s first birthday; or

(2) on or before July 31, 2011, is enrolled in kindegarten through grade 12 and was immunized with one (1) dose of live attenuated varicella vaccine on or after that individual's first birthday; or

(3) on or after August 1, 2011, is enrolled in kindergarten and was immunized against varicella by use of two (2) doses of live attenuated varicella vaccine given at least three (3) months apart, the first dose on or after that individual's first
birthday; or

(4) on or after August 1, 2011, is enrolled in seventh (7th) grade and was immunized with two doses of live attenuated varicella vaccine given at least three (3) months apart, the first dose on or after that individual's first birthday and before that
individual's thirteenth birthday or two (2) doses of live attenuated varicella vaccine given at least twenty eight (28) days apart if the first dose was given on or after the individual's thirteenth birthday; or

(5) on or after August 1, 2011, is enrolled in preschool or kindergarten and has a written statement signed and dated by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse indicating that the individual has already had varicella based on diagnosis of varicella or verification of history of varicella according to the most recent standards of care for immunizations in Connecticut as prescribed in section 19a-7f of the Connecticut General Statutes; or

(6) has had protection against varicella confirmed in writing by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse based on specific blood testing by a certified laboratory; or

(7) has a written statement signed and dated by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse indicating that the individual has a history of herpes zoster; or

(8) is enrolled in seventh grade on or after August 1, 2011 and has a written statement signed and dated by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse indicating that the individual has already had varicella
based on family or medical history.

(i) Hepatitis A . An individual shall be considered adequately protected against hepatitis A if that individual:

(1) was born on or after January 1, 2007, is enrolled in preschool or kindergarten on or after August 1, 2011, and was immunized with at least two (2) doses of hepatitis A virus vaccine given at least six (6) months apart, the first dose given on or after that individual’s first birthday; or

(2) has had protection against hepatitis A confirmed in writing by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse based on specific blood testing by a certified laboratory.

(j) Pneumococcal disease. An individual shall be considered adequately protected against pneumococcal disease if that individual:

(1) was born on or after January 1, 2007, is enrolled in preschool or kindergarten on or after August 1, 2011 and was immunized with one dose of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on or after the individual’s first birthday; or

(2) is currently age five (5) years or older.

(k) Influenza (Flu). On or after August 1, 2011, an individual enrolled in preschool shall be considered adequately protected against flu if that individual is not less than twenty-four (24) months and not more than fifty-nine (59) months of age and annually has received one (1) dose of flu vaccine between August 1st and December 31st, except that individuals receiving flu vaccine for the first time must be given a second dose at least twenty-eight (28) days after the first dose.

(l) Meningococcal disease. An individual shall be considered adequately protected against meningococcal disease if that individual is enrolled in seventh (7th) grade on or after August 1, 2011 and was immunized with at least one dose of meningococcal vaccine.

(m) Religious exemption. Any individual whose parents or guardian presents a statement that such immunization is contrary to the religious beliefs of such child is exempted from immunization requirements.

(n) Medical exemption. Any individual whose parents or guardian presents a statement from a physician licensed to practice medicine in the United States that such immunization is medically contraindicated in accordance with the current recommendation of the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices shall be exempted from immunization requirements.


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
GROUP DAY CARE HOMES AND DAY CARE CENTERS

Regs., Conn. State Agencies § 19a-79-6a. Health and safety

(e) Immunization requirements  
(1) A child seeking admission to or attending a child day care center or group day care home shall be protected as age-appropriate by adequate immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis b if such child was born after December 31, 1993, and varicella if such child was born after December 31, 1996 and against any other disease for which vaccination is recommended in the current schedule for active immunization adopted by the commissioner in accordance with section 19a-7f of the Connecticut General Statutes.
 
(2) The operator shall admit no child to a child day care center or group day care home unless such child's parent(s) furnishes documentation of age-appropriate immunization, immunization-in-progress or exemption from immunization as specified in subdivision
 
(3) of this subsection. No child shall be permitted to continue to attend a child day care center or group day care home for more than thirty (30) days unless such child continues to meet said requirements of subdivision (3) of this subsection.
 
(3) For each enrolled child, the operator shall obtain from the child's parent(s) and keep on file at the child day care center or group day care home one or more of the following types of documentation for each of the diseases listed in subdivision (1) of this subsection:  

(A) a statement signed and dated by a physician, physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse indicating that the child is current or in progress with immunizations according to the schedule adopted by the commissioner in accordance with section 19a-7f of the Connecticut General Statutes and that names the appointment date for the child's next immunization; 

(B) a statement signed and dated by a physician, physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse indicating that the child has an appointment that will keep the immunizations current or in progress as required by said schedule and that names the date for the child's next immunization; 

(C) a statement signed and dated by a physician, physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse indicating that the child has laboratory confirmed proof of immunity to natural infection, or, in the case of varicella, a statement signed and dated by a physician, physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse indicating that the child has already had chickenpox based on family or medical history; 

(D) a statement signed and dated by a physician, physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse indicating that the child has a medical contraindication to immunization; 

(E) a written statement that immunization is contrary to the religious beliefs and practices of the child or the parent(s) of such child. Such statement shall be signed by the child's parent(s); or   

(F) a written statement from the child's parent(s) that the child has been displaced from their place of residence due to a declared state of emergency by a state or federal official who has the authority to make such declaration, and existing immunization records are inaccessible and the child is current with their immunizations, or a statement signed and dated by a physician, physician assistant, or an advanced practice registered nurse indicating that the child has an appointment that shall keep the immunizations current or in progress as required by said schedule. 

(4) For each child to whom subparagraph (B) or (F) of subdivision (3) of this section applies, continued enrollment in day care for more than thirty (30) days after the named immunization appointment shall be contingent on the operator receiving written documentation from a physician, physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse stating either: that the named appointment was kept and the child received the scheduled immunizations, or that the child was unable to receive the scheduled immunizations for medical reasons and a new appointment date is named. 


TITLE 10A. STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
CHAPTER 185B. CONSTITUENT UNITS

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10A-155. Requirement for immunization against measles and rubella for college students. 

(a) Each institution of higher education shall require each full-time or matriculating student born after December 31, 1956, to provide proof of adequate immunization against measles, rubella and on and after August 1, 2010, to provide proof of adequate immunization against mumps and varicella as recommended by the national Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices before permitting such student to enroll in such institution. Any such student who (1) presents a certificate from a physician or an advanced practice registered nurse stating that in the opinion of such physician or advanced practice registered nurse such immunization is medically contraindicated, (2) provides a statement that such immunization would be contrary to his religious beliefs, (3) presents a certificate from a physician, an advanced practice registered nurse or the director of health in the student's present or previous town of residence, stating that the student has had a confirmed case of such disease, (4) is enrolled exclusively in a program for which students do not congregate on campus for classes or to participate in institutional-sponsored events, such as students enrolled in distance learning programs for individualized home study or programs conducted entirely through electronic media in a setting without other students present, or (5) graduated from a public or nonpublic high school in this state in 1999 or later and was not exempt from the measles, rubella and on and after August 1, 2010, the mumps vaccination requirement pursuant to subdivision (2) or (3) of subsection (a) of section 10-204a shall be exempt from the appropriate provisions of this section.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10a-155a. Presence in institution of a student who has not been immunized.

When a public health official has reason to believe that the continued presence in an institution of higher education of a student who has not been immunized against measles or rubella presents a clear danger to the health of others, the public health official shall notify the chief administrative officer of such institution. Such chief administrative officer shall cause the student to be excluded from the institution, or confined in an infirmary or other medical facility at the institution, until the student presents to such chief administrative officer a certificate from a physician stating that, in the opinion of such physician, the presence in the institution of the student does not present a clear danger to the health of others.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10a-155b. Meningitis vaccination for residents of on-campus housing. Meningitis information and records.

(a) For students who first enroll in the 2014-2015 school year, and first enroll in each school year thereafter, each public or private college or university in this state shall require that each student who resides in on-campus housing be vaccinated against meningitis and submit evidence of having received a meningococcal conjugate vaccine not more than five years before enrollment as a condition of such residence. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any such student who (1) presents a certificate from a physician, an advanced practice registered nurse or a physician assistant stating that, in the opinion of such physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant, such vaccination is medically contraindicated because of the physical condition of such student, or (2) presents a statement that such vaccination would be contrary to the religious beliefs of such student.

 
For the school year commencing in 2005, and each school year thereafter, each public or independent institution of higher education shall provide
 
(1) information about hepatitis B and the risks of contracting hepatitis B by college-age individuals, to all matriculated students, and
 
(2) notice of the availability and benefits of a hepatitis B vaccine. 

 


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