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106 THE TRAVANCORE - COCHIN PUBLIC HEALTH ACT, 1955 Rule 2


operation of vaccination or any Medical Officer appointed by the Government or a private Medical Practitioner possessing the qualifications not below the rank of an Assistant Surgeon.


(iv) "Child" means a boy or girl who has not attained the age of eighteen years.


(v) "Unprotected child" means a child who has not been protected from smallpox by having had that disease naturally or by having been successfully vaccinated or re-vaccinated within seven years immediately preceding.


(vi) "Unprotected person" means a person who has no visible marks of Small pox or is unable to produce satisfactory evidence of successful vaccination or re-vaccination carried out within seven years immediately preceding.


(vii) “Vaccination Depot" includes a place or building where vaccination is performed free of charge by direction of the Director of Health Services).


(viii) “Person" means a male or female who has attained the age of 18 years.


(ix) “Inspecting Officer" means the Health Inspector appointed by the Government or the Joint District Medical Officer of Health or "Health Officer" notified under the Travancore-Cochin Public Health Act, 1955 or any person authorised by Government to inspect vaccinations performed by a Vaccinator.


(x) "Local Area" means a Panchayat area.


2. (i) The parent or guardian of an unprotected child who is not less than three months old and who has resided for one month within the limits of a Local Area shall take or cause the child to be taken to a Vaccination Depot for vaccination or re-vaccination as the case may be or shall procure such vaccination or re-vaccination by a Vaccinator.


(ii) Any unprotected person who has resided for one month within the limits of a Local Area shall get himself vaccinated or re-vaccinated as the case may be at a Vaccination Depot or by a Vaccinator.


(iii) Notice may be issued in Form No. 1 to unprotected person or guardians of such children to get themselves vaccinated.


3. The Health Officer or Executive Authority or any person duly authorised by any of them, may if any portion of the Local Area is threatened or infected with smallpox, direct every person or child in the said area who has no visible mark of smallpox or is unable to produce satisfactory evidence of successful vaccination or re-vaccination carried out within four years, to be vaccinated forthWith.


4 () if a Vaccinator finds that an unprotected person or child is not in a fit state of health to be vaccinated, he shall deliver to such person or the parent or guardian of such child as the case may be, a certificate in Form No. II to the effect that the person or child is not then in a fit state for vaccination. Such certificate shall remain in force for the period specified therein not exceeding three months but may be renewed if necessary. The reason for the unfitness shall be specified in the certificate.


(ii) If a Vaccinator finds that an unprotected person or child is in a state of health fit for vaccination he shall forthwith vaccinate such person or child and deliver to such person or the parent or guardian of such child as the case may be, a memorandum stating the date on which the vaccination was performed and specifying the date on which and the time and place at which the person or child should be present or be produced, as the case may be, for inspection.


5. () On the date and the time and place notified as aforesaid the person or child vaccinated shall be present or be produced as the case may be, for inspection.


(ii) If the inspecting officer finds that the vaccination has been successful he shall give to