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      RS 40:31.14     


§31.14. Authorization of release of immunization records

           A. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, immunization records for use in an immunization registry shall not be considered privileged communications between a health care provider and patient when such records are used in accordance with the provisions of this Part. The Louisiana Department of Health, public health units and their agents, providers, parents or guardians, schools, and day care centers may obtain information from, or provide information to, the immunization record of a client of any immunization registry without the written consent of a client who has not attained eighteen years of age or of the parent or legal guardian of such a client. Upon a client's attainment of eighteen years of age, information in the registry shall be made available only with the consent of the client unless the requestor shows a public health need for the information.

           B. A provider, a public health unit, the Louisiana Department of Health, or the agents of any of them, schools, and day care centers shall not be subject to an action or be liable for sharing information from the immunization record or using information from the immunization tracking and recall record for purposes of tracking immunizations of clients and for outreach to clients who have missed immunizations.

           C. Information in an immunization registry or in the immunization tracking and recall record or derived therefrom is confidential and shall not be disclosed to any person who is not specifically authorized to receive information under this Part. Upon a client's attainment of twenty-one years of age, the client's immunization record and tracking and recall record shall be purged from the registry, except that non-identifying data may be retained for statistical analysis.

           Acts 1995, No. 798, §1, eff. June 27, 1995.

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