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Immunization Regulation

 


Kentucky Department for Public Health
Amended Immunization Regulation

 

The following is a summary of the recent changes, effective June 21, 2017, to 902 KAR 2:060 Immunization schedules for attending child day care centers, certified family child care homes, other licensed facilities which care for children, preschool programs, and public and private primary and secondary schools, http://lrc.ky.gov/kar/902/002/060.htm This amended Kentucky Administrative Regulation requires all children to have a current immunization certificate on file, contains the required immunizations schedule for attending, and has a process to obtain a religious exemption from the required immunizations.

 

• One new age-specific immunization requirement and one booster dose requirement effective for the school year beginning on or after July 1, 2018:

 o 2-Dose Series of HepA (Age: 12 months through 18 years)

 o Quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) booster dose (Age: 16 years)

    

• Homeschooled children are required to submit a current immunization certificate to participate in any public and private school activities (classroom, extra curriculum activity, or sports).

 

• All vaccines administered are printed on the Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Immunization Status now including immunizations not required for school entry.

 

• Religious exemptions shall be documented on a signed and notarized Commonwealth of Kentucky Parent or Guardian’s Declination on Religious Grounds to Required Immunizations. There will be a space for the parent or guardian to initial each specific immunization they are choosing to decline.

 

• New versions of forms, effective June 21, 2017, can be found on Websites for the Kentucky Department of Education,http://education.ky.gov/districts/SHS/Pages/Immunization-Information.aspx and the Kentucky Immunization Program, http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Immunization.htm.

 

• Out-of-state immunization certificates may be accepted if they meet the same age-specific requirements as outlined in this regulation.


A Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Immunization Status printed from the Kentucky Immunization Registry (KYIR) does not require a signature.

 

• A licensed practical nurse (LPN) designee of a physician, local health department administrator, or other licensed healthcare facility may sign the Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Immunization Status.

 

• School nurses and administrators can enroll in KYIR and print the Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Immunization Status from the registry, and it will not require a signature.

 

• Routine certificate reviews are to occur at enrollment in a day care center, kindergarten, seventh grade, eleventh grade, and for the 2018-2019 school year for twelfth grade; new enrollment at any grade; upon legal name change; and at a school required examination pursuant to 702 KAR 1:160.

 

• A child whose certificate has exceeded the date for the certificate to be valid shall be recommended to visit the child’s medical provider or local health department to receive immunizations required by this administrative regulation. An updated and current certificate shall be provided to the:

 

o Day care center, certified family child care home, or other licensed facility that cares for children by a parent or guardian within thirty (30) days from when the certificate was found to be invalid; or

 

o School by a parent or guardian within fourteen (14) days from when the certificate was found to be invalid.


How is Hepatitis A spread?

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can also spread from close personal contact with an infected person such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill.

Contamination of food (this can include frozen and undercooked food) by hepatitis A can happen at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling, and even after cooking. Contamination of food or water is more likely to occur in countries where hepatitis A is common and in areas where there are poor sanitary conditions or poor personal hygiene. In the United States, chlorination of water kills hepatitis A virus that enters the water supply.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) routinely monitors natural bodies of water used for recreation for fecal contamination so there is no need for monitoring for hepatitis A virus specifically.


Practicing good hand hygiene – including thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food – plays an important role in preventing the spread of hepatitis A.


Contact your Primary Care Physician or Clark County Health Department to schedule your appointment for the HepA immunization. For more information, please call the Health Department at (859)744-4482.



Cold Weather Advisory

Cold Weather Advisory

With the threat of upcoming winter storms and current cold temperatures, there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from improper use of alternative heating sources to heat homes. Also, the risk of hypothermia is high from individuals not properly dressed for cold temperatures. Fact sheets on winter safety are available at http://healthalerts.ky.gov/Pages/WinterSafety.aspx.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 • Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement or garage or near a window.

 • Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.

• Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t properly vented.

• Don’t heat your house with a gas oven.

• Seek prompt medical attention by calling 911 or the Kentucky Regional Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, have a headache, chest pain or are feeling nauseous.

• To install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall for daylight savings time. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911.

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has carbon monoxide materials available at http://www.cdc.gov/co/guidelines.htm in 17 languages.

Hypothermia

 • Hypothermia can result when the body’s temperature drops below what is necessary to maintain normal bodily functions. In severe cases or when the body is not warmed properly, death can result.

• To prevent hypothermia, wear appropriate clothing and limit the time you spend outdoors. Layer clothes made of synthetic and wool fabrics, which are best for keeping warm. Remember to wear hats, coats, scarves and gloves.

• Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, altered speech pattern, abnormally slow rate of breathing, cold pale skin and lethargy. Seek medical attention if you experiences signs of hypothermia. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should call 911 or seek medical attention immediately.

For more information please visit  https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html

Spanish translation for KOIN Alert:

Asesoramiento sobre el uso incorrecto de fuentes alternativas de calefacción durante el tiempo de frío Con la amenaza inminente de tormentas invernales y temperaturas frías, se corre el riesgo de intoxicación con monóxido de carbono por el uso incorrecto de fuentes alternativas de calefacción para calentar los hogares. Además, hay un alto riesgo de hipotermia para las personas que no se visten adecuadamente cuando las temperaturas están frías. Disponemos de hojas informativas sobre la seguridad en el invierno en el sitio http://healthalerts.ky.gov/Pages/WinterSafety.aspx.

Intoxicación con monóxido de carbono

• No use un generador, parrilla de carbón, estufa de campamento u otro aparato que quema gasolina o carbón dentro de su hogar, sótano o garaje ni cerca de una ventana.

• No opere un carro o camión dentro de un garaje adjunto a su casa, aun si deja la puerta abierta.

 • No queme nada en una estufa o chimenea que no esté ventilada adecuadamente.

• No caliente su casa con un horno de gas.

• Busque atención médica de inmediato llamando al 911 o al Centro de Intoxicación Regional de Kentucky al 1-800-222-1222 si usted sospecha la intoxicación con monóxido de carbono y tiene mareos, dolor de cabeza, dolor en el pecho o náuseas.

• Instale un detector de monóxido de carbono en su hogar que funciona con pilas o reemplace la pila cuando cambia la hora en los relojes cada primavera y otoño por el horario oficial de verano. Si el detector suena, salga del hogar inmediatamente y llame al 911.

• Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) tienen materiales sobre el monóxido de carbono disponibles en: • Directrices generales sobre la prevención de intoxicación con el monóxido de carbono (CO): http://www.cdc.gov/co/guidelines.htm en 17 idiomas.

Hipotermia

• La hipotermia puede resultar cuando la temperatura del cuerpo desciende por debajo de la temperatura necesaria para lograr las funciones corporales normales. En casos graves o cuando el cuerpo no recibe suficiente calor, podría resultar en la muerte.

• Para evitar la hipotermia, lleve ropa adecuada y limite el tiempo que pasa afuera. Lleve capas de ropa, hechas de telas sintéticas y de lana, las cuales son las mejores para mantener el calor. Recuerde llevar gorros, abrigos, bufandas y guantes.

• Los síntomas de hipotermia incluyen escalofríos, un patrón de habla alterado, una frecuencia respiratoria anormalmente lenta, piel fría y pálida y letargo. Busque atención médica si usted tiene las señales de hipotermia. Los individuos que tienen estos síntomas deben llamar al 911 o buscar atención médica inmediatamente.

 • Se puede hallar más información sobre la hipotermia en https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html.

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