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  • NJ A520
  • Exempts child under age six from hepatitis B vaccine requirement if child's mother tested negative for hepatitis B during her pregnancy.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill is intended to protect newborn children from being unnecessarily exposed to the risks associated with receiving the hepatitis B vaccine. The vast majority of newborns and other young children are not at risk for hepatitis B, because that disease is typically transmitted by a contaminated needle, sexual activity with an infected partner, or an infected mother. The bill provides specifically as follows: · Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law or regulation to the contrary, a child under six years of age will not be required to receive the hepatitis B vaccine as a condition of attending school or a special education program if documented evidence is furnished to the school or program that the child's mother tested negative for hepatitis B during the third trimester of her pregnancy. · A child who has not received the hepatitis B vaccine pursuant to this bill will, upon reaching six years of age, be examined by a physician to determine the child's need to receive the vaccine. · If the physician determines that receipt of the vaccine is not medically suitable for the child, the physician is to certify that determination in writing, which will provide the basis for continuing the child's exemption from such hepatitis B vaccination requirement as may be set forth in statute or regulation. · A child who is unable to furnish evidence of such a physician's written determination to the school or special education program that the child is attending will, after age six, be subject to such hepatitis B vaccination requirement as may be set forth in statute or regulation. · The bill takes effect on the first day of the fifth month after the date of enactment, but authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to take anticipatory administrative action in advance as necessary for its implementation.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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