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Policy and Board of Health Rules


 

Below you will find information about recent and ongoing immunization related Board of Health rules and policy initiatives.

 
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In February 2012, the Colorado Board of Health passed rule 6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 02, regarding influenza vaccination of employees in licensed healthcare facilities. The goal of this rule is to promote patient safety by protecting vulnerable patients from influenza. The rule is designed to encourage healthcare facilities, which are already appropriately implementing strategies to prevent influenza, to do so; to assist those that can improve; and to prompt others to adopt effective policies to prevent influenza.

 

NEW! Click here to view the Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll list of honorees with influenza vaccination mandates.  

 

Annual Report

 
 

Summary of Board of Health Ruling  

Summary of Board of Health ruling regarding influenza vaccination of health care workers pdf file  

 
 

Official Board of Health Ruling

 
 

Sample Policies

  • Colorado Hospital Association
  • Other Hospital
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Assisted Living Facilities

 

Reporting
 

Click here to report healthcare worker influenza vaccination data through the Health Facilities portal. Please view the documents below for further instructions, including screenshots of the reporting systems. For questions about the rule or reporting data, contact customer service at 303.692.2836 or cdphe.fluvacreport@state.co.us.

 

Reporting Annual Influenza Information pdf file      

Screenshot- Reporting Influenza Vaccination Data in NHSN pdf file  

Screenshot- Reporting Influenza Vaccination Data in the State Portal pdf file  

 
 

Resources

Board of Health Rule Health Care Professionals Articles pdf file  

  
 
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In May 2013, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 222 to improve access to childhood immunizations by addressing challenges in delivery and financing. Signed by Governor Hickenlooper, the Act directs the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to take a comprehensive look at the current financing and delivery system and make recommendations for a more efficient and cost-effective approach.
 
 
Agendas:

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Agenda- May 21, 2014 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Agenda- April 16, 2014 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Agenda- March 19, 2014 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Agenda- February 18, 2014 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Agenda- January 15, 2014 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Agenda- December 18, 2013 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Agenda- November 20, 2013 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Agenda- October 16, 2013 pdf file  

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Agenda - September 25, 2013 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Agenda - August 7, 2013 pdf file  

 

Meeting Notes:

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Meeting Notes- April 16, 2014 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Meeting Notes- March 19, 2014 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Meeting Notes- February 18, 2014 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Meeting Notes- January 15, 2014 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Meeting Notes- December 18, 2013 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Meeting Notes- November 20, 2013 pdf file

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Meeting Notes- October 16, 2013 pdf file  

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Meeting Notes- September 25, 2013 pdf file  

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Kickoff Notes- August 7, 2013 pdf file  

 

Other:

Senate Bill 222 Task Force Participant List pdf file  

Childrens Hospital Campus Parking Map pdf file  

 

 
Colorado state law requires that students enrolled in licensed childcare centers and schools have a certificate on file documenting the child is up-to-date on all required immunizations. Students can be exempted if a parent completes a one-time form that claims personal belief against immunizations. Students also can be exempted for medical or religious reasons. 
 
Recently, a diverse stakeholder group was convened to study the state's personal belief exemption policy and make recommendations to update it. Key recommendations include requiring education for parents prior to claiming a personal belief exemption, publishing school and childcare center immunization and exemption rates, annual renewal of the personal belief exemption and requiring a medical provider or health official sign the exemption form.
 
 
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The purpose of the Vaccine Advisory Committee for Colorado (VACC) is to provide guidance on vaccine-related matters to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, particularly the Immunization Section.
 
 
Vaccine Advisory Committee for Colorado 2014 Roster
 
VACC Members
VACC Staff and Affiliates
Matthew F. Daley, MD (Chair)
Senior Investigator, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
University of Colorado
Rachel Herlihy, MD, MPH
Deputy Director, Div of Disease Control & Env. Epi
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
E. Brene Belew-LaDue, RN, BSN
Director
Grand County Public Health & Grand County Nursing Services
Elizabeth Lutz, MPH
Program and Membership Manager
Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
David A. Collins
Director, Division of Early Care and Learning
Office of Early Childhood
Colorado Department of Human Services
Lynn Trefren, RN, MN
Immunization Section Chief
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Simon Hambidge, MD, PhD
Director, General Pediatrics & Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology
Denver Health & University of Colorado
Stephanie Wasserman, MSPH
Executive Director
Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition
Christine Nevin-Woods DO, MPH
Public Health Director
Pueblo City-County Health Department
Candace Murbach, DO
Family Practice Physician
Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency
Joni Reynolds, RN/CNS, MSN
Public Health Programs Director
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Jason Sapsin, JD, MPH
Counsel
Fox Rothschild LLP
 
Please contact Rachel Herlihy, Deputy Director, Division of Disease Control & Environmental Epidemiology at: 303-691-4079 or rachel.herlihy@state.co.us with any questions.