Quarantine rules clarified in MA

Emergency Management Alert, October 13, 2009

Last week the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a law 113-36 that updates emergency regulations that were largely untouched for decades, according to The Boston Globe.

Massachusetts governors and public health commissioners have always possessed various powers during health emergencies, including the authority to quarantine people suffering from communicable diseases.

The September 11, 2001, attacks exposed gaps in these laws, and H1N1 outbreaks in April further demonstrated the need to revise the emergency powers. Those concerned about required flu shots protested the regulation, although the law specifically forbids forced vaccination, but allows health officials to quarantine people who decline vaccines during extraordinary health emergencies.

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