August 15, 2005


New Jersey Wants More Vaccines Mandated, Including Flu Vaccine

New Jersey Department of Health officials are holding a Stakeholders Meeting on Friday, August 18, 2006, at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, 3635 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville, NJ, Conference Room C from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain input from key health care professionals and other affected constituents regarding the draft public health rules of NJAC 8:57-4 Immunization of Pupils in School, which apply to children attending school or a licensed child care center in New Jersey.

The Vaccine Preventable Disease Program (VPDP) has drafted revisions to NJAC 8:57-4 and plans to implement them in September 2007. The Aug. 18 meeting will take place prior to the formal submission of the rule before the New Jersey Public Health Council.

NJ Health Department officials want to add the following vaccines to the list of state mandated vaccines: pneumococcal, influenza, meningococcal and hepatitis A. It appears state health officials also want to revise language for penalties for non- compliance with vaccine mandates.

If you are a New Jersey resident and would like to voice your opinion about the proposed new vaccine mandates or penalties for non-compliance, you may want to attend this meeting. You can also voice your concerns to your local state elected representatives or the Governor of New Jersey. The Governor's address is:

Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
Tel: 609-292-6000

The email address of Eddy Bresnitz, Deputy Commissioner and State Epidemiologist in New Jersey, is 

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