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: 3-4 doses of polio vaccine depending on the age the last dose was received.
  • 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-12 3-5 doses depending on age last dose was received.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • All grades: 3 doses or 2 doses of adult hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax).
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine
  • Grades K-11: 2 doses
  • Grade 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 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 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.