DAR File No. 44062
This rule was published in the October 1, 2019, issue (Vol. 2019, No. 19) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Health, Disease Control and Prevention, Immunization
Immunization Rule for Students
Notice of 120-Day (Emergency) Rule
DAR File No.: 44062
Filed: 09/13/2019 08:08:01 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
During the 2017 General Session, H.B. 308 was passed and codified in Title 53G, Chapter 9, Part 3. This bill changed immunization exemption and conditional enrollment requirements, and rule amendments are needed for the agency to comply with these changes.
Summary of the rule or change:
This rule is being amended to comply with Title 53G, Chapter 9, Part 3. These amendments clarify the role of parents and schools in the exemption process, reference the exemption process and form required by statute, and clarify requirements for receiving, and documenting receipt of, specific health education to receive an immunization exemption. This rule also allows for the Department of Health (Department) to provide electronic copies of student immunization records to schools. These amendments cite the statutory requirement that a student granted conditional enrollment must begin receiving immunizations within 21 days of school enrollment. Additional nonsubstantive changes clarify language referencing Kindergarten and Meningococcal vaccine. Finally, references have been updated to reflect the change in Utah Code pertaining to this rule; the amended rule now references sections within Title 53G, Chapter 9, Part 3.
Emergency rule reason and justification:
Regular rulemaking procedures would place the agency in violation of federal or state law.
Justification: H.B. 308 was passed in the 2017 General Session and codified within Title 53G, Chapter 9, Part 3. The bill included a delayed implementation date and a delayed date for rulemaking, which was due to be complete by December 28, 2018. Rule R396-100 must be amended to bring it into compliance with this statute.
Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 53G-9-308
- Section 53G-9-305
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There will be no change in cost or savings for state government as a result of these rule changes; these amendments are updating language to comply with statutory requirements within Title 53G, Chapter 9, Part 3, and no additional work, or process change, is anticipated as a result of these amendments. The Department already provides copies, including electronic copies, of exemption forms to schools, as described in the amendment.
Enacting proposed changes will not result in a cost, or benefit, to local governments because these rule changes are matching what is already in statute. Local health departments have already been providing education and exemption forms as described in these amendments. Schools have already been aware of, and compliant with, conditional enrollment requirements, and requirements for retaining exemption forms with the student's immunization record.
Enacting these proposed changes will not result in a cost or benefit to small businesses because these rule changes only match what is already in statute.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There will be no change in cost or savings for other persons through enacting these proposed changes; these rule changes match what is in statute, and clarify the role of parents in obtaining exemptions.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There are no compliance costs associated with these rule amendments.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
There is no fiscal impact to businesses because there is no additional changes that are not already in existing statute.
Joseph K. Miner, MD, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:Health
Disease Control and Prevention, Immunization
CANNON HEALTH BLDG
288 N 1460 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3231
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Rich Lakin at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3905, by FAX at , or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
This rule is effective on:
Joseph Miner, Executive Director
R396. Health, Disease Control and Prevention, Immunization.
R396-100. Immunization Rule for Students.
R396-100-1. Purpose and Authority.
(1) This rule implements the immunization
requirements of Title [
53A, Chapter 11, Part 3]. It establishes minimum immunization
requirements for attendance at a public, private, [ or parochial kindergarten, ]elementary, or
secondary school through grade 12, nursery school
, licensed day care center, child care
facility, family home care, or Head Start program in this state. It
(a) required doses and frequency of vaccine administration;
(b) reporting of statistical data; and
(c) time periods for conditional enrollment.
(2) This rule is required by Section [
53A-11-303] and authorized by Section [ 53A-11-306].
As used in this rule:
"Department" means the Utah Department of Health.
"Early Childhood Program" means a nursery or preschool, licensed day care center, child care facility, family care home, or Head Start program.
"Exemption" means a relief from
the statutory immunization requirements by reason of qualifying
s] [ 53A-11-302][ and 302.5].
"Parent" means a biological or adoptive parent who has legal custody of a child; a legal guardian, or the student, if of legal age.
"School" means a public, private, or parochial kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school through grade 12.
"School entry" means a student, at any grade, entering a Utah school or an early childhood program for the first time.
"Student" means an individual enrolled or attempting to enroll in a school or early childhood program.
R396-100-3. Required Immunizations.
(1) A student born before July 1, 1993 must meet the minimum immunization requirements of the ACIP prior to school entry for the following antigens: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
(2) A student born after July 1, 1993 must meet the minimum immunization requirements of the ACIP prior to school entry for the following antigens: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Hepatitis B.
(3) A student born after July 1, 1993, must also meet the minimum immunization requirements of the ACIP prior to entry into the seventh grade for the following antigens: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Varicella, and Meningococcal .
(4) A student born after July 1, 1996 must meet the minimum immunization requirements of the ACIP prior to school entry for the following antigens: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, and Varicella.
(5) To attend a Utah early childhood program, a student must meet the minimum immunization requirements of the ACIP for the following antigens: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Haemophilus Influenza Type b, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal, and Varicella vaccines prior to school entry.
(6) The vaccinations must be administered according to the recommendations of the United States Public Health Service's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) as listed below which are incorporated by reference into this rule:
(a) General Recommendations on Immunization: MMWR, December 1, 2006/Vol. 55/No. RR-15;
(b) Immunization of Adolescents: MMWR, November 22, 1996/Vol. 45/No. RR-13;
(c) Combination Vaccines for Childhood Immunization: MMWR, May 14, 1999/Vol. 48/No. RR-5;
(d) Use of Diphtheria Toxoid-Tetanus Toxoid-Acellular Pertussis Vaccine as a Five-Dose Series: Supplemental Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices: MMWR November 17, 2000/Vol. 49/No. RR-13;
(e) Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010: MMWR, January 14, 2011/Vol. 60/No. 1;
(f) A Comprehensive Strategy to Eliminate Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States: MMWR, December 23, 2005/Vol. 54/No. RR-6;
(g) Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccines for Prevention of Haemophilus influenza Type b Disease Among Infants and Children Two Months of Age and Older: MMWR, January 11, 1991/Vol. 40/No. RR-1;
(h) Recommendations for Use of Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccines and a Combined Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis, and Haemophilus b Vaccine: MMWR, September 17, 1993/Vol. 42/No. RR-13;
(i) Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Control and Elimination of Mumps: MMWR, June 9, 2006/Vol. 55/No. RR-22;
(j) Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Regarding Routine Poliovirus Vaccination: MMWR, August 7, 2009/Vol. 58/No. 30;
(k) Prevention of Varicella: MMWR, June 22, 2007/Vol. 56/No. RR-4;
(l) Prevention of Hepatitis A Through Active or Passive Immunization: MMWR, May 29, 2006/Vol. 55/No. RR-7;
(m) Licensure of a 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) and Recommendations for Use Among Children-Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, (ACIP), 2010: MMWR March 12, 2010/Vol. 59/No. 09; and
(n) Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): March 22, 2013/62(RR02);1-22.
R396-100-4. Official Utah School Immunization Record (USIR).
(1) Schools and early childhood programs shall use the official Utah School Immunization Record (USIR) form as the record of each student's immunizations. The Department shall provide copies of the USIR to schools, early childhood programs, physicians, and local health departments upon each of their requests.
(2) Each school or early childhood program shall accept any immunization record provided by a licensed physician, registered nurse, or public health official as certification of immunization. It shall transfer this information to the USIR with the following information:
(a) name of the student;
(b) student's date of birth;
(c) vaccine administered; and
(d) the month, day, and year each dose of vaccine was administered.
(3) Each school and early childhood program shall maintain a file of the USIR for each student in all grades and an exemption form for each student claiming an exemption.
(a) The school and early childhood programs shall maintain up-to-date records of the immunization status for all students in all grades such that it can quickly exclude all non-immunized students if an outbreak occurs.
(b) If a student withdraws, transfers, is promoted or otherwise leaves school, the school or early childhood program shall either:
(i) return the USIR and any exemption form to the parent of a student; or
(ii) transfer the USIR and any exemption form with the student's official school record to the new school or early childhood program.
(4) A representative of the Department or the local health department may examine, audit, and verify immunization records maintained by any school or early childhood program.
(5) Schools and early childhood programs may meet the record keeping requirements of this section by keeping its official school immunization records in the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System (USIIS).
A parent claiming an exemption to immunization for
medical, religious or personal reasons, as allowed by Section [
53A-11-302], shall provide to the student's school or
early childhood program the
[ completed forms. The school or early childhood program
shall attach the forms to the student's USIR.]
R396-100-6. Reporting Requirements.
(1) Each school and early childhood program shall report the following to the Department in the form or format prescribed by the Department:
(a) by November 30 of each year, a statistical report of the immunization status of students enrolled in a licensed day care center, Head Start program, and kindergartens;
(b) by November 30 of each year, a statistical report of the two-dose measles, mumps, and rubella immunization status of all kindergarten through twelfth grade students;
(c) by November 30 of each year, a statistical report of tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis B, varicella, and the two-dose measles, mumps, and rubella immunization status of all seventh grade students; and
(d) by June 15 of each year, a statistical follow-up report of those students not appropriately immunized from the November 30 report in all public schools, kindergarten through twelfth grade.
(2) The information that the Department requires in the reports shall be in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
R396-100-7. Conditional Enrollment and Exclusion.
A school or early childhood program may
conditionally enroll a student who is not appropriately immunized
as required in this rule. To be conditionally enrolled, a student
must have received at least one dose of each required vaccine and
be on schedule for subsequent immunizations.
If subsequent immunizations are one calendar month past
due, the school or early childhood program must immediately exclude
the student from the school or early childhood
(1) A school or early childhood program with conditionally enrolled students shall routinely review every 30 days the immunization status of all conditionally enrolled students until each student has completed the subsequent doses and provided written documentation to the school or early childhood program.
(2) Once the student has met the requirements of this rule, the school or early childhood program shall take the student off conditional status.
R396-100-8. Exclusions of Students Who Are Under Exemption and Conditionally Enrolled Status.
(1) A local or state health department representative may exclude a student who has claimed an exemption to all vaccines or to one vaccine or who is conditionally enrolled from school attendance if there is good cause to believe that the student has a vaccine preventable disease or:
(a) has been exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease; or
(b) will be exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease as a result of school attendance.
(2) An excluded student may not attend school until the local health officer is satisfied that a student is no longer at risk of contracting or transmitting a vaccine-preventable disease.
Enforcement provisions and penalties for the violation or for the enforcement of public health rules, including this Immunization Rule for Students, are prescribed under Section 26-23-6.
KEY: immunizations, rules and procedures
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: September 13, 2019
Notice of Continuation: June 7, 2018
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: [
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