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NJ Influenza Vaccine Mandate - State Statute 8:57-4.19

Purpose:  To establish minimum requirements for attendance in NJ schools that protects each individual child and promotes herd immunity.

Applicability:  Children six months through 59 months of age attending any licensed child-care center or preschool facility, on or after September 1, 2008, shall annually receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine between September 1 and December 31 of each year.

Why Require Flu Vaccine?  Influenza continues to be a significant cause of vaccine-preventable death in children. School-aged children are the age group most likely to contract and spread influenza.  Children play a significant role in transmitting influenza to family members and classmates.

The State plans to enforce the December 31, 2010 deadline by excluding all unvaccinated children from daycare/preschool until the end of the flu season March 31, 2011.

For more information,
contact the Englewood Health Department

Public Health Nurse at (201) 568-3450 Option 4

Resources

Montana, B. (2009, July 13). Vaccine Preventable Diseases: Evidence and Strategies to Protect Our Communities.  PowerPoint lecture presented in the Conference Center, University Hall, 7th floor on the Montclair State University campus.

http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/vaccine_qa.pdf