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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-1337



Changes to List of Citations to ACIP Recommendations Prescribing Child Immunization Practices

[26 Pa.B. 3958]

   Under 31 Pa. Code § 89.806(a) (relating to coverage of child immunizations), the Department of Health has established a list of citations to recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Department of Health and Human Services. The child immunization practices specified in those recommendations are subject to the insurance coverage required by the Childhood Immunization Insurance Act (act) (40 P. S. §§ 3501--3508) as explained in 31 Pa. Code § 89.806(a).

   ACIP recommendations prescribing immunization practices are published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), a weekly publication of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. New ACIP recommendations are effective when published in the MMWR if they satisfy the standards in 31 Pa. Code § 89.806(a). MMWR citations to the relevant ACIP recommendations are listed in Appendix G of 31 Pa. Code Chapter 89 (relating to approval of life, accident and health insurance) and are updated by the Department of Health under 31 Pa. Code § 89.806(b).

   The effective date of insurance coverage required by the act for each ACIP recommended child immunization practice can be ascertained by consulting 31 Pa. Code § 89.806(c).

   The Department recommends that the following new paragraphs be added to Appendix G:

   ''Update: Recommendations to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus Transmission--United States,'' MMWR, August 4, 1995/Vol. 44/No. 30, pages 574-575.

   ''Prevention and Control of Influenza,'' MMWR, May 3, 1996/Vol. 45/No. RR-5, pages 1-24.

   ''Prevention of Varicella,'' MMWR, July 12, 1996/Vol. 45/No. RR-11, pages 1-25.

   The second paragraph replaces paragraph (15) in Appendix G.

   Questions regarding this notice should be directed to Robert E. Longenecker, Program Coordinator, Immunization Program, Department of Health, P. O. Box 90, Harrisburg, PA 17108, (717) 787-5681. Persons with a disability may submit questions in alternative formats, such as by audio tape, braille or using TDD: (717) 783-6514. Persons with a disability who require an alternative format of this document should contact Robert E. Longenecker so that he may make the necessary arrangements.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-1337. Filed for public inspection August 16, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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