**NEW** On June 13, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. There is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children must be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend public, parochial, or private school, or child day care settings. For more information from New York State about the new legislation, read the documents linked below:
- Joint Statement on new legislation governing school vaccination requirements
- FAQ about the new legislation (July 2019)
- FAQ-Updated (August 2019)
- FAQ-Updated (October 2019)
Please work with your child’s health care provider and school nurse to determine what immunizations are needed to comply with the new vaccine requirements.
These minimum requirements include:
- Diphtheria and Tetanus-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Tdap): three doses, grades 6 through 12; three to five doses, grades K through 5.
- Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis booster (Tdap): one dose, students eleven years of age or older enrolling in grades 6 through 12 who have not previously received a Tdap at 7 years of age or older.
- Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV): three doses, grade12; three to four doses, grades K through 11.
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR): two doses, grades K through 12.
- Hepatitis B vaccine: three doses, grades K through 12.
- Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine: two doses, grades K through 11; one dose grade 12 OR documentation of positive disease history from the primary care provider.
- Meningococcal vaccine: one dose, grades 7, 8, 9 and 10; two doses, grade 12 with one dose on or after the age of sixteen.
Demonstrated serologic evidence of Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella or *Polio (must be for all three serotypes) antibodies is acceptable proof of immunity to these diseases. Diagnosis by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner that a child has had varicella disease is acceptable proof of immunity to varicella.
*Please note: Polio serology can no longer be accepted as proof of immunity. The only exception is previous serology testing demonstrating positive immunity to all three polio serotypes.Related Files
- NEW NYS Immunization Requirements - Statement on Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemption from School Vaccination Requirements
- NYS Removal of Non-Medical Exemption in Schools - Frequently Asked Questions About Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemptions from School Vaccination Requirements
- New York State Immunization - Parent Notification for new requirements for reporting immunization.