Section 22-21-10

Flu and pneumonia vaccinations for long term care facility residents and employees.

(a) As used in this section, the following words have the following meanings:

(1) EMPLOYEE. An individual who is a part-time or full-time employee of the long term care facility.

(2) LONG TERM CARE FACILITY. The term includes a skilled nursing facility, intermediate care facility, specialty care assisted living facility or dementia care facility, or an assisted living facility licensed under this chapter.

(b) Each long term care facility in this state shall conduct an immunization program as provided in this section which gives residents the opportunity to be immunized annually against the influenza virus and to be immunized against pneumococcal disease and employees the opportunity to be immunized against influenza virus.

(c) A long term care facility shall notify the resident upon admission of the immunization program provided by this section and shall request that the resident agree to be immunized against influenza virus and pneumococcal disease.

(d) A long term care facility shall document the annual immunization against influenza virus and the immunization against pneumococcal disease for each resident and the annual immunization against influenza virus for each employee, as provided in this section. Upon finding that a resident is lacking the immunizations as provided herein or that an employee has not been immunized against influenza virus, or if the long term care facility is unable to verify that the individual has received the required immunizations, the long term care facility shall provide or arrange for immunization.

(e)(1) The annual immunization and documentation program provided by this section for influenza shall be completed not later than November 30 of each year.

(2) The annual immunization and documentation program provided by this section for pneumococcal disease shall be assessed within 5 days of admission and when indicated.

(f) For an individual who becomes a resident of or who is newly employed by the long term care facility after November 30, but before March 30 of the following year, the long term care facility shall determine the individual's status for the influenza virus required under this section, and if found to be deficient, the long term care facility shall provide the required immunizations.

(g) No individual, resident, or employee, shall be required to receive vaccine under this section if the vaccine is medically contraindicated, if the vaccine is against the individual's religious beliefs, or if the individual refuses the vaccine after being fully informed of the health risks of not being immunized.

(h) The State Board of Health may adopt rules to implement the immunization provisions of this section.

(i) The State Health Officer shall waive the requirements of this section in the event that there is a shortage of vaccine.

(j) The State Board of Health shall make available to long term care facilities educational and informational materials pertaining to the vaccination program provided in this section.

(Act 2001-1059, 4th Sp. Sess., p. 1053, §1.)