Immunization Policies Approved by the National Health and Safety Support Committee

A task force was put together by the National Health and Safety Committee in order to come up with immunization policies for participation in BSA activities.

The Immunization Task Force’s recommendation to the National Health and Safety Support Committee:

Report of the Immunization Task Force
Approved 13 October 2008
by the
National Health and Safety Support Committee
Boy Scouts of America

Recommend adoption of the following:

ARTICLE ONE: For the benefit of individual health as well as that of the community in general, it is the Boy Scouts of America national policy that members of the organization adhere to the joint recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians with regard to obtaining age appropriate immunizations.

ARTICLE TWO: When attending Boy Scout of America national programs and council and district programs or activities that require Class 1, 2, or 3 Physical Examinations, it is required to have current tetanus immunization. The following immunizations are strongly recommended:

· Hepatitis A
· Hepatitis B
· Diphtheria, pertussis
· Meningococcal
· Polio
· Measles, mumps, rubella
· Varicella
· Influenza

ARTICLE THREE: Persons attending national scouting events or council and district events requiring a Class 1, 2 or 3 Physical Examination will be allowed to attend if they have not received the above immunizations, but a Medical Alert must be noted on the individual’s physical form. Event sponsors, such as a Jamboree or camping program headquarters, must maintain the ability to identify inadequately immunized participants and locate them in case of a necessity for isolation or quarantine as per local public health official directives. Exceptions to tetanus immunization will be accepted for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons.

According to Richard R. Bourlon, P.E., CSP, Health and Safety Team Leader, additional support information is in development to support the articles.

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