Ok, I'm not sure where I have been for the past 5 years. I was doing some research on vaccinations and laws and I came across "The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act". I can't believe that this thing has been around for so long and I haven't heard anything about it!
Here are excerpts from the Act: (Note: Below you will find the full links as well as a link to each state's legislative bills relaiting to this Act.)
Boy, am I glad I moved out of NJ to PA! This really scares the heck out of me!ARTICLE VI Section 601 Protection of persons
. During a state of public health emergency, the public health authority shall use every available means to prevent the transmission of infectious disease and to ensure that all cases of contagious disease are subject to proper control and treatment.Section 603 Vaccination and treatment
. During a state of public health emergency the public health authority may exercise the following emergency powers over persons as necessary to address the public health emergency–(a) Vaccination
. To vaccinate persons as protection against infectious disease and to prevent the spread of contagious or possibly contagious disease.(1) Vaccination may be performed by any qualified person authorized to do so
by the public health authority.
(2) A vaccine to be administered must not be such as is reasonably likely to
lead to serious harm to the affected individual.
(3) To prevent the spread of contagious or possibly contagious disease the
public health authority may isolate or quarantine, pursuant to Section 604, persons who are unable or unwilling for reasons of health, religion, or conscience to undergo vaccination pursuant to this Section.Section 604 Isolation and quarantine.(a) Authorization.
During the public health emergency, the public health authority may isolate (consistent with the definition of “isolation” in Section 103(h)) or quarantine (consistent with the definition of quarantine in Section 103(o)) an individual or groups of individuals. This includes individuals or groups who have not been vaccinated, treated, tested, or examined pursuant to Sections 602 and 603.
The public health authority may also establish and maintain places of isolation and quarantine, and set rules and make orders. Failure to obey these rules, orders, or provisions shall constitute a misdemeanor.
I also found a Table that tracks each state's legislative bills relaiting to this Act.
"Since the completion of the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act on December 21, 2001, the Center for Law and the Public’s Health has systematically tracked state legislative bills relating to the subject matter in the Act. As generally documented in our regularly-updated State Legislative Activity Table,1 thirty-eight (38) states and the District of Columbia have passed sixty-six (66) bills that include provisions from or closely related to the Act. The extent to which the Act's provisions were incorporated into each state's laws varies."
Here is a link to The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act:http://www2.cdc.gov/phlp/docs/msehpa...owers%20Act%22
Here is a link to The Legislative Surveillance Table: (updated on July 15, 2006)http://www.publichealthlaw.net/MSEHP...rveillance.pdf