Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) clears key hurdle to approve new requirements for many Illinois children and young people
on Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The IDPH immunization rule reflects the recommendation of nationwide public-health authorities, including panels convened by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that try to optimize the series of immunizations that most infants, children, and young adults need to have. The complex schedule of windows that open and close is supposed to implement this optimization. In a few cases, some immunizations are contraindicated for some young people. The new IDPH rules contain provisions for a family to seek medical counsel. If a physician has evidence that a child should not get a particular kind of shot or immunization, he or she can sign a contraindication exemption form. A school will be required to accept the form as a valid substitute for certification that the child has been immunized.
The IDPH immunization rules were presented this week to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), a bipartisan panel of the Illinois General Assembly that scrutinizes the rules generated by administrative agencies such as the Department of Public Health. After full discussion over a two-month period, the legislative panel approved the IDPH rules for filing.