New school immunization requirements
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has revised immunization requirements for school attendance to be consistent with recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP is a national group of medical and public health experts.
The new requirements took effect on July 1, 2014 and were developed to reduce the number of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. No new vaccines are required, but the number of doses required and the time intervals between doses has changed.
Among the changes:
For more information on the new immunization requirements, visit the Unadilla Valley website or download a copy of immunization requirements (PDF) or contact the School-Based Health Clinic at (607) 847-6050.
- Students entering kindergarten or grade 6 in the 2014-15 school year are now required to have two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and three to four doses of poliomyelitis (polio) vaccine. All other students will be able to attend school this year with one dose of varicella and three doses of poliomyelitis. In addition to applying to all 2014-15 incoming kindergarten and 6th-graders, the new requirements apply to the subsequent grade levels that the 2014-15 kindergarten and 6th-grade students move up to.
- Students in pre-K-grade 6 will be required to have age-appropriate doses of DPT or DTaP, in accordance with the ACIP schedule.
- Two doses of MMR are no longer required for entrance into kindergarten, though students must have two doses by age seven.
- A student who is “in process” must be allowed to attend school. A student who is in process is defined as one who has had the first dose of all required immunization series and has appointments to complete the series in accordance with the ACIP catch-up schedule. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the schedule.
Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014