Health and Safety

Department of Health

SECTION 23-1-44

§ 23-1-44. Routine childhood and adult immunization vaccines.

(a) The department of health shall include in the department's immunization program those vaccines for routine childhood immunization as recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and for adult influenza immunization as recommended by the ACIP, to the extent permitted by available funds. The childhood immunization program includes administrative and quality assurance services and KIDSNET, a confidential, computerized child health information system that is used to manage statewide immunizations, as well as other public health preventive services, for all children in Rhode Island from birth through age 18.

(b) The director of the department of health shall appoint an advisory committee that will be convened after the ACIP makes a recommendation regarding adult immunization. The committee will review the ACIP recommendations for the state, assess the vaccine cost and feasibility, and advise the director of health and the office of the health insurance commissioner regarding insurers and providers acting on the ACIP adult immunization recommendation. All recommendations will be posted on the department of health website. The advisory committee membership shall include, but not be limited to, a primary care provider, pharmacist, representatives of the nursing home industry, the home health care industry and major insurers.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1992, ch. 133, art. 8, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 86, § 2; P.L. 2006, ch. 269, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 294, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 320, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 100, art. 28, § 9.)