§302A-1162  Rules.  (a)  The department of health shall adopt rules under chapter 91 relating to immunization, physical examination, and tuberculin testing under sections 302A-1154 to 302A-1163.  Immunizations required, and the manner and frequency of their administration, shall conform with recognized standard medical practices.  The list of diseases and minimum requirements for protection under sections 302A-1154 to 302A-1163 may be revised whenever the department of health deems it necessary for the protection of public health.

     (b)  The department shall establish by rule standards for documentation of compliance with school health requirements under sections 302A-1154 through 302A-1163.

     (c)  The department may adopt, amend, or repeal rules pursuant to chapter 91 to establish a list of specific vaccines that are available or may become available.  Notwithstanding the notice, public hearing, and comment requirements of chapter 91 and the provisions of chapter 201M, the director of health, in consultation with the state epidemiologist, may adopt, amend, or repeal as rules, the immunization recommendations of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, including interim recommendations, as they apply to the list of specific vaccines, if any, described in this subsection.  The department shall make the adoption, amendment, or repeal of rules regarding United States Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices immunization recommendations known to the public by:

     (1)  Giving public notice of the substance of the proposed rules at least once statewide; and

     (2)  Posting the full text of the proposed rulemaking action on the Internet as provided in section 91-2.6.

The rules, when adopted, amended, or repealed pursuant to chapter 91 as modified by this section, shall have the force and effect of law.  The department may defer the effective date of adopted, amended, or repealed rules to allow sufficient time to ensure compliance with the new, amended, or repealed rules. [L 1996, c 89, pt of §2; am L 2000, c 109, §5; am L 2013, c 231, §2]



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