SENATE, No. 102

By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 102) of Richard T. Moore for legislation to require immunization of children against human pampilloma virus. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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In the Year Two Thousand and Seven.

AN ACT requiring immunization of children against human pampilloma virus

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 15 of said chapter 76 is hereby further amended in the second paragraph by striking out the phrase, “that his health would be endangered,” and inserting in place thereof, the phrase, “that his or her health would be endangered.”

SECTION 2.  Section 15 of chapter 76 of the General Laws, as most recently appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended, by inserting after the first paragraph, the following new paragraph: -

No female child shall, except as hereinafter provided, be enrolled in grade 6 for the first time of a public or non-public school, except upon presentation of a physician’s certificate that the child has been successfully immunized against Human Papillomavirus.

SECTION 3.  Notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, the cost of immunization of female children age 11 to 12 years, inclusive, and any others whose eligibility is established by the department of public health by regulation, and whose financial eligibility as determined by the division is not more than 300 per cent of the federal poverty level, including such children and adolescents made eligible for medical benefits under this chapter by Title XXI of the Social Security Act, shall be funded through the universal immunization program established pursuant to section 24I of chapter 111 of the general laws.