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[photo, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland] Robert J. Ancona, M.D., Chair (chosen by Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene)

Appointed by Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene: David S. B. Blythe, M.D.; James D. Campbell, M.D.; Susan Chaitovitz, M.D.; Michael D. Decker, M.D.; Katherine P. Ellis; Tammy Hadley, M.D.; Edward M. Hirshorn; Margaret Hoffmaster; Jonathan Maltz, M.D.; J. Crossan O' Donovan, M.D.; Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.; Tiffany Tate; one vacancy.

Staff: Gregory K. Reed

201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, November 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

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Annual Report to Governor; Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee; & House Environmental Matters Committee due Dec. 15 (Chapter 337, Acts of 2002; Code Health-General Article, sec. 18-214).

On June 1, 2002, the Statewide Advisory Commission on Immunizations was created (Chapter 337, Acts of 2002). The Commission determines where vaccine shortages exist in Maryland and which vaccines are in short supply. In times of vaccine shortages, the Commission makes recommendations on immunization requirements for children entering school. The elimination of any disparities in vaccine distribution, and options for the purchasing of vaccines, including the development of a universal vaccine purchasing system, are studied by the Commission. Additionally, the Commission studies plans to increase the availabilty and affordability of adult and childhood vaccines in the State (Code Health-General Article, sec. 18-214).

In cooperation with the Statewide Advisory Commission on Immunizations and the State Board of Eduation, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene adopts rules and regulations for immunizations and blood tests for lead poisoning required for children entering school (Code Eduation Article, sec. 7-403).

Since July 2007, the Commission is further charged to study the use of thimerosal in vaccines, and the availability and affordability of thimerosal-free vaccines (Chapter 504, Acts of 2007).

Authorization for the Commission continues until May 31, 2010 (Chapter 504, Acts of 2007).

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