WEST virginia legislature
2017 regular session
House Bill 2431
By Delegates Ellington and
[Passed March 15, 2017; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-3-4a, relating to offering influenza immunizations to patients upon discharge from licensed hospitals; providing that the immunizations are voluntary; and providing for exceptions based upon availability and in cases where immunizations are contraindicated.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-3-4a, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE AND OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES.
§16-3-4a. Influenza Immunizations.
(a) A hospital licensed pursuant to the provisions of article five-b of this chapter shall offer to an inpatient who is sixty-five years of age or older an influenza immunization prior to discharge from October 1 of every year and continuing through March 1 of the following year.
(b) The immunizations may not be offered in cases where the immunization is contraindicated.
(c) The requirements of this section are subject to the availability for sufficient influenza immunizations.
(d) Nothing in this section may be construed to require an influenza immunization as a condition of receiving any type of service or as a condition of discharge.