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28 Pa. Code § 23.82. Definitions.

§ 23.82. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Ascertain—To determine whether or not a child is immunized as defined in this subchapter.

   Attendance at school

     (i)   The attendance at a grade, or special classes, kindergarten through 12th grade, including public, private, parochial, vocational, intermediate unit and home education students, and students of cyber and charter schools.

     (ii)   The term does not cover the attendance of children at a childcare group setting, defined in §  27.1 (relating to definitions), located in a public, private or vocational school, or in an intermediate unit.

   Certificate of immunization—The official form furnished by the Department. The certificate is filled out by the parent or health care provider and signed by the health care provider, public health official or school nurse or a designee. The certificate is given to the school as proof of full immunization. The school maintains the certificate as the official school immunization record or stores the details of the record in a computer database.

   Department—The Department of Health of the Commonwealth.

   Full immunization—The completion of the requisite number of dosages of the specific antigens at recommended time and age intervals as set forth in §  23.83 (relating to immunization requirements).

   Immunization—The requisite number of dosages of the specific antigens at the recommended time intervals under this subchapter.

   Medical certificate—The official form furnished by the Department setting out the immunization plan for a student who is not fully immunized, filled out and signed by a physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant, or by a public health official when the immunization is provided by the Department or a local health department, and given to a school as proof that the student is scheduled to complete the required immunizations.

   Record of immunization—A written document showing the date of immunization—that is, baby book, Health Passport, family Bible, other states’ official immunization documents, International Health Certificate, immigration records, physician record, school health records and other similar documents or history.

   Secretary—The Secretary of the Department.


   The provisions of this §  23.82 amended under section 1303 of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P.S. §  13-1303); section 16(a)(6) and (b) of the Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955 (35 P.S. §  521.16(a)(6) and (b)); and sections 2102(g) and 2111 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § §  532(g) and 541).


   The provisions of this §  23.82 amended through September 17, 1982, effective August 1, 1983, 12 Pa.B. 3288; amended August 22, 1997, effective August 23, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 4317; amended May 28, 2010, effective August 1, 2011, 40 Pa.B. 2747; amended March 3, 2017, effective August 1, 2017, 47 Pa.B. 1300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (386396) and (349627).

Cross References

   This section cited in 22 Pa. Code §  405.49 (relating to immunizations); and 28 Pa. Code §  27.77 (relating to immunization requirements for children in child care group settings).

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