3721.041 Vaccinations to be offered to residents.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Advisory committee" means the advisory committee on immunization practices of the United States centers for disease control and prevention or a successor committee or agency.

(2) "Home" has the same meaning as in section 3721.01 of the Revised Code.

(3) "Physician" means an individual authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery.

(B)

(1) Each home shall, on an annual basis, offer to each resident, in accordance with guidelines issued by the advisory committee, vaccination against influenza, unless a physician has determined that vaccination of the resident is medically inappropriate. The vaccine shall be of a form approved by the advisory committee for that calendar year. A resident may refuse vaccination.

(2) Each home shall obtain the influenza vaccine information sheet described in section 3701.138 of the Revised Code and post the sheet in a conspicuous location that is accessible to all residents, employees, and visitors. Not later than the first day of August each year, the home shall determine whether the information sheet it has posted is the most recent version available. If it is not, the home shall replace the information sheet with the updated version. Nothing in this division requires an older adult to be vaccinated against influenza.

Failure to comply with the requirement to post the information sheet shall not be taken into account when any survey or inspection of the home is conducted and shall not be used as the basis for imposing any penalty against the home.

(C) Each home shall offer to each resident, in accordance with guidelines issued by the advisory committee, vaccination against pneumococcal pneumonia, unless the resident has already received such vaccination or a physician has determined that vaccination of the resident is medically inappropriate. Each vaccine shall be of a form approved by the advisory committee for that calendar year. A resident may refuse vaccination.

(D) The director of health may adopt rules under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code as the director considers appropriate to implement this section.

Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 311, §1, eff. 3/21/2017.

Effective Date: 06-15-2006.