SCS/SB 1169 - This act provides that by July 1, 2009, the Department of Health and Senior Services shall establish a school-based influenza vaccination pilot program. Participation in the program will be voluntary for both the students and school districts. When creating the program, the department shall use a vaccine that will consume the fewest medical supplies, speed administration by health officials, and contain the least potential adverse events. The department shall also take into account the cost and benefits, fiscal impact, and any barriers to implementing such a program.
The department shall also work to increase influenza immunization awareness and participation among parents of children six months to five years of age in child care facilities.
This program will expire in six years unless re-authorized by the General Assembly.