Immunization Requirements

Scotia, New York 12302


Children  in  a  prekindergarten  setting  should  be  age-appropriately  immunized.  The  number  of  doses  depends  on  the  schedule recommended  by the  Advisory  Committee  on Immunization  Practices  (ACIP). For grades  pre-k through 11, intervals  between doses of vaccine should be in accordance with the ACIP-recommended immunization schedule for persons O through 18 years of age. Doses received before the minimum age or intervals are not valid and do not count toward the number of doses listed below. Intervals between doses of vaccine DO NOT need  to be reviewed for grade 12 except for interval between measles vaccine doses. See footnotes for specific information for each vaccine. Children who are enrolling in grade-less classes should meet the immunization requirements of the grades for  which they are age equivalent.

Dose requirements MUST be read with the footnotes of this schedule.

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-4: 4 doses or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years or older
  • Grade 5: 3 doses
  • Grades 6-10: 4 doses or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years or older
  • Grades 11-12: 3 doses
  • 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-4: 2 doses
  • Grade 5: 1 dose
  • Grades 6-10: 2 doses
  • Grades 11-12: 1 dose
  • 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

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 health care provider or from a state immunization registry.
  • For varicella ONLY – a signed statement from a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that your child has had the disease.
  • For measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio (all 3 serotypes) and varicella a positive serologic test (blood test) is acceptable proof of immunity .
  • A physician’s excuse stating that immunization or re-immunization is detrimental to your child’s health and why. This excuse must be reissued annually.
  • A religious exemption.

If your youngster is not fully immunized, we hope that you will attend to this at once so that he/she will be able to enter school. 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 physician.