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State Immunization Laws for Healthcare
Workers and Patients

Immunization Administration Requirements
For State: KS

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Patient Type Vaccine Requirement
Hospital Employees  Hepatitis B[1] No 
  Influenza[2] No 
  MMR[3] No 
  Varicella[4] No 
  Pneumococcal[5] No 
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[6] No 
Hospital Inpatients  Influenza[7] No 
  Pneumococcal[8] No 
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[9] No 
Individual Providers' Patients  Any Immunization[10] No 
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[11] No 
Ambulatory Care Facilities Employees  Any Immunization[12] Ensure[98]
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[13] No 
Ambulatory Care Facilities Patients  Any Immunization[14] No 
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[15] No 
Correctional Inmates and Residents  Any Immunization[16] Ensure[99]
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[17] Yes – (M)[100], (R)[101]
Developmentally Disabled Facility Residents  Any Immunization[18] Ensure[102]
  Medical(M),Religious(R), or Philosophical(P) Exemptions[19] Yes – (M)[103]& (R)[104]
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[1] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer hepatitis B vaccine to any employees of the hospital, or ensure that any such employees are vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine?

[2] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer influenza vaccine to any employees of the hospital, or ensure that any such employees are vaccinated with influenza vaccine?

[3] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine (or any component thereof) to any employees of the hospital, or ensure that any such employees are vaccinated with MMR vaccine?

[4] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer varicella vaccine to any employees of the hospital, or ensure that any such employees are vaccinated with varicella vaccine?

[5] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine to any employees of the hospital, or ensure that any such employees are vaccinated with pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine?  Top of Page

[6] If any hospitals are required to ensure that any hospital employees are vaccinated with hepatitis B, influenza, MMR, varicella or pneumococcal vaccine, does the jurisdiction provide any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?

[7] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer any inpatients of the hospital influenza vaccine, or ensure that any inpatients are vaccinated with influenza vaccine?

[8] Does the jurisdiction require that any hospitals offer any inpatients of the hospital pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, or ensure that any inpatients are vaccinated with pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine?

[9] If any hospitals are required to ensure that any hospital inpatients are vaccinated with influenza or pneumococcal vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?  Top of Page

[10] Does the jurisdiction require that any individual healthcare providers offer any vaccinations to any patients, or ensure that any patients are vaccinated with any vaccines?

[11] If any individual providers are required to ensure that any of their patients are vaccinated with any vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?

[12] Does the jurisdiction require that any ambulatory care facilities offer any vaccinations to any employees, or ensure that any employees are vaccinated with any vaccines?

[13] If any ambulatory care facilities are required to ensure that any employees are vaccinated with any vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?  Top of Page

[14] Does the jurisdiction require that any ambulatory care facilities offer any vaccinations to any patients, or ensure that any patients are vaccinated with any vaccines?

[15] If any ambulatory care facilities are required to ensure that any patients are vaccinated with any vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide for any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?

[16] Does the jurisdiction require that any correctional facilities or juvenile detention centers offer any vaccinations to any inmates or juveniles, or ensure that any inmates or juveniles are vaccinated with any vaccines?

[17] If any correctional centers or juvenile detention centers are required to ensure that any inmates or juveniles are vaccinated with any vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide for any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?  Top of Page

[18] Does the jurisdiction require that any residential facilities for the developmentally disabled or mentally retarded offer any residents any vaccinations, or ensure that any residents are vaccinated with any vaccines?

[19] If any residential facilities for the developmentally disabled or mentally retarded are required to ensure that any residents are vaccinated with any vaccines, does the jurisdiction provide for any medical, religious or philosophical exemptions to such administration requirements?

[98] For Kansas requirements, see Kan. Admin. Regs. 28-4-608, relating to facilities providing hearing screening for newborns and infants. Kan. Admin. Regs. 28-4-608 provides that each person who screens the hearing of newborns and infants and who is not licensed in Kansas for hearing screening shall be current with immunizations required by the medical care facility and be free of infectious diseases transmittable to newborns and infants.

[99] For Kansas requirements, see Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508, relating to “child care facilities.” Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508 requires that child cared for in a child care facility shall be required to have current immunizations as the secretary of health and the environment considers necessary. “Child care facilities” are defined in Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-503 to include (among other settings) any receiving or detention home for children under 16 years of age provided or maintained by, or receiving aid from, any city or county or the state.  Top of Page

[100] For Kansas, for medical exemptions to the immunization requirements of Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508, see Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508, providing that immunization requirements are inapplicable where there is certification from a licensed physician stating that the physical condition of the child is such that immunization would endanger the child’s life or health.

[101] For Kansas, for religious exemptions to the immunization requirements of Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508, see Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508, providing that immunization administration requirements are inapplicable where there is a written statement signed by a parent or guardian that the parent or guardian is an adherent of a religious denomination whose teachings are contrary to immunizations.

[102] For Kansas requirements, see Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508, relating to “child care facilities,” and Kan. Admin. Regs. 28-4-275, relating to “group boarding homes” and “residential centers.” Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508 requires that each child cared for in a child care facility shall be required to have current immunizations as the secretary of health and the environment considers necessary. “Child care facilities” are defined in Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-503 to include (among other settings) a facility maintained by a person who has control or custody of one or more children under 16 years old, unattended by parent or guardian, for the purpose of providing the children with food or lodging, or both, except children related by blood marriage or legal adoption, and a children’s home, maternity home, day care facility, or other facility of a type determined by the secretary to require regulation under the provisions of this act. Based on a plain reading of the text of the definition, this chart assumes that the definition of “child care facilities” covers residential facilities for the developmentally disabled or mentally retarded. Kan. Admin. Regs. 28-4-275 provides that each person under 16 years of age living in “residential centers’ and “group boarding homes” shall have current immunizations according to the schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. “Group boarding homes” are defined in Kan. Admin. Regs. 28-4-268 to include a non-secure facility providing residential care for not less than five nor more than ten persons unrelated to the caregivers, and includes emergency shelters and maternity homes. “Residential centers” are defined in Kan. Admin. Regs. 28-4-268 to include a non-secure facility which provides residential care for more than 10 residents unrelated to the caregivers, and includes emergency shelters and maternity homes. Based on a plain reading of the text of these definitions, this chart assumes that the definitions of “residential centers” and “group boarding homes” cover residential facilities for the developmentally disabled or mentally retarded.

[103] For Kansas, for medical exemptions to the immunization requirements of Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508, see Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508, providing that immunization requirements are inapplicable where there is certification from a licensed physician stating that the physical condition of the child is such that immunization would endanger the child’s life or health.  Top of Page

[104] For Kansas, for religious exemptions to the immunization requirements of Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508, see Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-508, providing that immunization administration requirements are inapplicable where there is a written statement signed by a parent or guardian that the parent or guardian is an adherent of a religious denomination whose teachings are contrary to immunizations.

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