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New Immunization Requirements Set

Monday, August 25, 2014

The New York State Department of Health has revised the regulations regarding immunization requirements for school attendance effective July 1, 2014. The new dosing requirements are based on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Here are some of the highlights that may affect your child:


  • Students entering kindergarten or sixth-grade in the 2014-2015 school year will now be required to have two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and three to four doses of the poliomyelitis vaccine. All other students will be able to attend school this year with one dose of varicella, and three doses of poliomyelitis. This new requirement will apply to all 2014-2015 incoming kindergarten and sixth-grade students, along with the subsequent grade levels that the 2014-2015 kindergarten and sixth-grade students move up to.

  • Students in grades pre-kindergarten or kindergarten will be required to have age-appropriate doses of DPT or DTaP, in accordance with ACIP schedule.

  • Two doses of MMR are no longer required for entrance into kindergarten, though students must have two doses by age 7.

All health records of current students also will be reviewed. If your child does not meet the new requirements they will be required to receive the immunization, or have a scheduled appointment to receive the immunization they are lacking within 14 days or he/she will be excluded from school. You will receive notification from your child’s school nurse if there is any immunization that does not meet the new NYS requirements.

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