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(a) Each hospital licensed under this Article shall provide to the parents of newborns delivered at the hospital free, medically accurate educational information about pertussis disease and the availability of the tetanus-diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine to protect against pertussis disease. The hospital shall provide this educational information to parents during the postpartum period and prior to the mother's discharge from the hospital. As used in this section, “postpartum period” means the period of time between the mother's admittance to the hospital for delivery of the newborn child through the first few hours after childbirth.
(b) The educational information provided to parents pursuant to this section shall include, at a minimum, the most current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices regarding the use of tetanus-toxoid-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine to reduce the burden of pertussis in infants.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a hospital to provide or pay for any vaccination against pertussis disease.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 131E. Health Care Facilities and Services § 131E-79.2. Educating parents of newborns regarding pertussis disease - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nc/chapter-131e-health-care-facilities-and-services/nc-gen-st-sect-131e-79-2/
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