House File 2343

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  1  1                                             HOUSE FILE 2343
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  1  3                             AN ACT
  1  4 PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A VACCINATION PROGRAM FOR
  1  5    FIRST RESPONDERS, AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.
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  1  7 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
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  1  9    Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  135.146  FIRST RESPONDER
  1 10 VACCINATION PROGRAM.
  1 11    1.  In the event that federal funding is received for
  1 12 administering vaccinations for first responders, the
  1 13 department shall offer a vaccination program for first
  1 14 responders who may be exposed to infectious diseases when
  1 15 deployed to disaster locations.  For purposes of this section,
  1 16 "first responder" means state and local law enforcement
  1 17 personnel, fire department personnel, and emergency medical
  1 18 personnel who will be deployed to sites of bioterrorism
  1 19 attacks, terrorist attacks, catastrophic or natural disasters,
  1 20 and other disasters.  The vaccinations shall include, but not
  1 21 be limited to, vaccinations for hepatitis B, diphtheria=
  1 22 tetanus, influenza, and other vaccinations when recommended by
  1 23 the United States public health service and in accordance with
  1 24 federal emergency management agency policy.  Immune globulin
  1 25 will be made available when necessary.
  1 26    2.  Participation in the vaccination program shall be
  1 27 voluntary, except for first responders who are classified as
  1 28 having occupational exposure to blood=borne pathogens as
  1 29 defined by the occupational safety and health administration
  1 30 standard contained in 29 C.F.R. } 1910.1030.  First responders
  1 31 who are so classified shall be required to receive the
  1 32 vaccinations as described in subsection 1.  A first responder
  1 33 shall be exempt from this requirement, however, when a written
  1 34 statement from a licensed physician is presented indicating
  1 35 that a vaccine is medically contraindicated for that person or
  2  1 the first responder signs a written statement that the
  2  2 administration of a vaccination conflicts with religious
  2  3 tenets.
  2  4    3.  The department shall establish first responder
  2  5 notification procedures regarding the existence of the program
  2  6 by rule, and shall develop, and distribute to first
  2  7 responders, educational materials on methods of preventing
  2  8 exposure to infectious diseases.  In administering the
  2  9 program, the department may contract with county and local
  2 10 health departments, not=for=profit home health care agencies,
  2 11 hospitals, physicians, and military unit clinics.
  2 12    Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Act, being deemed of
  2 13 immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.
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  2 16                                                             
  2 17                               CHRISTOPHER C. RANTS
  2 18                               Speaker of the House
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  2 21                                                             
  2 22                               JEFFREY M. LAMBERTI
  2 23                               President of the Senate
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  2 25    I hereby certify that this bill originated in the House and
  2 26 is known as House File 2343, Eightieth General Assembly.
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  2 29                                                             
  2 30                               MARGARET THOMSON
  2 31                               Chief Clerk of the House
  2 32 Approved                , 2004
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  3  1 THOMAS J. VILSACK
  3  2 Governor