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Resolution 2016-08, Immunization Record Disclosure


It is the intent of the Montana Association of Counties to seek legislation allowing limited disclosure of an immunization record without the patient’s authorization for the purposes of the State Immunization Information System (IIS), unless the patient has elected not to participate.

WHEREAS, Montana is one of only three states that requires someone receiving a vaccine to “opt-in’ to the state IIS; and

WHEREAS, 97% of individuals choose to “opt-in” to the IIS; and

WHEREAS, with an “opt-out” system, clinicians and public health agencies will be able to document the information on the remaining 3%; and

WHEREAS, allowing health care providers to see what vaccines a person may have received from other health providers will help keep vaccinations on schedule and

WHEREAS, allowing health care providers to see what vaccines a person may have received from other health providers will help prevent individuals from receiving unnecessary vaccinations; and

WHEREAS, the IIS will provide a convenient place to obtain individual or children’s records when needed for travel, daycare or school attendance; and

WHEREAS, the IIS can provide important information when elderly individuals cannot remember when or where they received their vaccinations; and

WHEREAS, the IIS can provide important medical contraindications such as allergies that need to be discussed prior to receipt of certain vaccines; and

WHEREAS, the IIS allows public health agencies to monitor vaccination efforts and assist with our efforts to prevent further illnesses during an outbreak

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Montana Association of Counties shall seek legislation allowing limited disclosure of an immunization record without the patient’s authorization for the purposes of the State Immunization Information System (IIS), unless the patient has elected not to participate.

2016 ACTION

SPONSOR:  MACo Health & Human Services Committee
REFERRED TO: MACo Health & Human Services Committee
ADOPTED:  Annual Conference, Billings, MT, September 21, 2016