Requires general hospitals treating newborns to offer parents, persons in parental relation and caregivers Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) vaccinations.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (1): Oppenheimer
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring general hospitals with a newborn nursery or providing obstetric services to offer Bordetella pertussis vaccinations to certain persons
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Requires general hospitals that have a newborn nursery or provide obstetric services to offer vaccination against Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) to parents and anticipated caregivers of hospitalized newborns.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Public Health Law §2805-h to provide that each general hospital having a newborn nursery or providing obstetric services to offer to every parent, person in parental relation or other person who is reasonably anticipated to be a caregiver of a newborn treated in the hospital vaccination against Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough).
Section 2 provides the act take effect 180 days after its enactment.
JUSTIFICATION: Newborns are at very high risk of disability or death should they contract whooping cough. Inasmuch as these delicate newborns may be exposed to whooping cough after birth, it is appropriate for parents and persons in parental relation to be offered the whooping cough vaccine by the hospital in which their newborns are being treated.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The 180th day after it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6500 IN SENATE February 16, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring general hospitals with a newborn nursery or providing obstetric services to offer Bordetella pertussis vaccinations to certain persons THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The subdivision heading and paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 of section 2805-h of the public health law, as added by chapter 282 of the laws of 2009, are amended to read as follows: Immunizations against influenza AND BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS; neonatal intensive care units. (a)
[Annually between September first and April first, it]IT shall be the duty of each general hospital (I) with a neonatal intensive care unit to offer, ANNUALLY BETWEEN SEPTEMBER FIRST AND APRIL FIRST, to every parent or person in parental relation who is reasonably anticipated to be a caregiver in the household of a newborn being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit vaccination against influenza virus; AND (II) HAVING A NEWBORN NURSERY OR PROVIDING OBSTET- RIC SERVICES TO OFFER TO EVERY PARENT, PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION OR OTHER PERSON WHO IS REASONABLY ANTICIPATED TO BE A CAREGIVER OF A NEWBORN BEING TREATED IN SUCH HOSPITAL VACCINATION AGAINST BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS (WHOOPING COUGH). If the parent or person in parental relation wishes to be vaccinated, the hospital shall provide the person with the vaccination. If the parent or person in parental relation declines the hospital offer or wishes to defer vaccination, the hospital shall provide information on where such person may be vaccinated. Such general hospital need not offer the vaccination to parents and persons in parental relation who have already received such vaccine or for whom it is medically inappropriate. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13855-03-2