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HB 39 - Prohibits Vaccination of New Foster Children - Texas Key Vote

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Title: Prohibits Vaccination of New Foster Children

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits the vaccination of children new to the foster care system, among other provisions.

Highlights:

  • Specifies that a child taken into the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services who remains in conservatorship for more than 3 business days must receive a medical examination and a mental health screening from a physician or other healthcare provider (Sec. 4).

  • Prohibits a physician or healthcare provider from administering vaccines to a child in the course of such examination (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that a physician or healthcare provider may administer a tetanus vaccines to a child in the course of such examination if the physician determines that there is an emergency that necessitates the vaccines (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that this prohibition no longer applies after the Department has been named managing conservator of a child in a hearing (Sec. 4).

  • Authorizes additional changes to the foster care system, effective September 1, 2017 (Secs. 1-3, 5-24).

Title: Prohibits Vaccination of New Foster Children

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