Passage of House Bill 845 in the Senate

ATLANTA (March 22, 2012) – Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) presented HB 845 to the Senate on Wednesday to require early care and education programs provide information on the flu vaccine to the enrolled children and their parents.  HB 845 passed with a vote of 42-7.

“I’m pleased that the Chamber passed the measure because keeping parents informed is vital to their children’s health and plays a key role in medical decisions,” said Sen. Stone.

HB 845 requires dissemination of information on the flu vaccine by Sept. 1 of each year.  Information to be provided can include:

  • Causes and symptoms of the flu;
  • Risks associated with the flu;
  • Availability, effectiveness and known contradictions of the flu vaccine;
  • Recommendations issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are no civil or criminal penalties for noncompliance to distribution of information on the flu vaccine, and programs do not have to provide or pay for immunization.  However, compliance could be reviewed in license renewal.

For Immediate Release:
March 22, 2012

Natalie Dale, Director
Kate Greer, Broadcast Specialist