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Published on Dec 15, 2006
On December 14th, the Health and Human Services Committee met to discuss Res. No. 2477-2006 Introduced by Presiding Officer, on request of the County Executive RESOLUTION NO. -2006, AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 563-2006, TO MAXIMIZE IMMUNIZATION RATES OF CHILDREN UTILIZING SUFFOLK COUNTY HEALTH CENTERS WHEREAS, the Legislature, by Resolution No. 563-2006, established a policy requiring the use of mercury-free vaccines for pregnant women and children age three and under in County Health Centers; and
WHEREAS, one element of the policy is that the County of Suffolk will administer mercury-free vaccines in its health centers and facilities; and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control considers vaccines containing less than two ten-thousands of one percent (0.0002 percent) thimerosal to contain trace or insignificant amounts of mercury; and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control has concluded that the risk, to children and pregnant women, of not receiving immunizations, exceeds the risk of receiving vaccines containing trace or insignificant amounts of thimerosal; and
WHEREAS, patient non-compliance with medical protocol is a well known problem throughout the health care industry; and
WHEREAS, using vaccines containing no thimerosal whatsoever will increase the number of visits necessary for a child to receive all immunizations, and thereby increase the risk that all immunizations will not be received due to patient non-compliance, resulting in a decrease in the vaccination rate of Suffolk County patients; now, therefore, be it
1st RESOLVED, that the 1st RESOLVED clause of Resolution No. 563-2006, is hereby amended and replaced with an amended RESOLVED clause that shall read as follows:
***** 1st RESOLVED, it shall be the policy of the County of Suffolk to make available upon request of any pregnant woman, the parent of a child age three and under, or other person legally responsible for such child mercury-free vaccines in its health centers and facilities; and be it further
*****and be it further 2nd RESOLVED, that administration of vaccines containing trace or insignificant amounts of thimerosal shall comply with Resolution No. 563-2006; and be it further
3rd RESOLVED, that this Legislature, being the lead agency under SEQRA and Chapter 279 of the Suffolk County Code, hereby determines that this resolution constitutes a Type II action.