Immunization Requirements

NYS Immunization requirements

Scotia, New York 12302

Dear Parent/Guardian :

It is in the best interests of the health of all youngsters that students be immunized against the following diseases, as required by New York State Public Health Law 2164:

  • Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV)
  • Grades K-12: 4 doses or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years or older
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR)
  • All grades: 2 doses. The first dose must be administered after 12 months of age; the second dose must be administered no less than 28 days after the first dose.
  • Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine
  • Grades K-5: 5 doses or 4 doses if the 4th dose was received at 4 years or older or 3 doses if 7 years or older and the series was started at 1 year or older.
  • Grades 6-12: 3 doses
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • All grades:3 doses or 2 doses of adult hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax) for children who received the doses at least 4 months apart between the ages of 11 through 15 years
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine
  • Grades K-12: 2 doses
  • Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine
    booster (Tdap)
  • Grades K-5: Not applicable
  • Grades 6-12: 1 dose for all students in grades 6 – 12 or a comparable age-level Special Education program.
  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY)
  • Grades 7-10: 1 dose.
  • Grade 12: 2 doses or 1 dose if the dose was received at 16 years or older.
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine (Hib)
  • Grades K-12: Not applicable
  • Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (PCV)
  • Grades K-12: Not applicable

Please note that the above is the MINIMUM requirement for school entry. Your child’s health care provider may recommend additional doses/vaccines. Students must be immunized at the appropriate time intervals.

One of the following is required:

  • A certificate  of immunization  signed  by a healthcare  provider, with dates of immunization.
  • An electronic health record of immunizations from a healthcare provider or from a state immunization registry.
  • Demonstrated serologic evidence of either measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B or varicella antibodies is acceptable proof of immunity to these diseases. Diagnosis by a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner that a child/student has had measles, mumps, or varicella diseases is acceptable proof of immunity to those diseases.
  • An approved NYSDOH medical exemption form signed by a New York State licensed physician stating that immunization or re-immunization is detrimental to your child’s health and why. The medical exemption form must be renewed annually.

    If your youngster is not fully immunized, we hope that you will attend to this at once so that they will be able to enter school whether in person or virtual learning. The law permits a 14 day grace period to give you time to secure immunizations that may be needed or to have documentation sent from your healthcare provider.

    NYSED requires a physical exam be submitted within the first 30 days of school along with a dental examination for new entrants and students in Grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11; annually for interscholastic sports; and working papers as needed; or as required by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Pre-School Special education (CPSE).

    Susan M. Swartz
    Superintendent of Schools