Under New York State’s Immunization Law, students may not attend school unless they provide acceptable written proof (including dates) of immunizations that have been prepared and signed by a physician. Section 2164 of the New York State Public Health Law requires that all children receive the following:
- Three-five doses of DTaP*, Tdap is mandated for students entering sixth-grade (minimum age 10) for grades 7 through 12 (minimum age 7)*
- Three-four doses of polio*
- Two doses of MMR (mumps-measles-rubella)
- Three doses of hepatitis B
- One-two dose of varicella (commonly known as chicken pox) or proof of immunity to the disease *
- One dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra or Menveo) is mandated for students entering grades 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. The second dose is required for students in grade 12 unless the first dose was received at 16 years or older.
* Number of doses needed depends on the student’s grade level entry and if the doses follow the correct intervals.
If a child is receiving immunizations, intervals are set by the New York State Department of Health for administering all immunizations. Consequently, if a child gets required immunizations, they must be admitted to the school. Nurses will follow up on children who have entered the school and are receiving required immunizations and inform parents of the need to follow up with their physician should those intervals be invalid.
- No child shall be admitted to school without one of the following:
- Written proof of adequate immunization signed by a physician.
- A certificate from a physician stating that the child cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and also must be approved by the school medical office.
As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend public, private, or parochial school. Children who do not have the required immunizations must receive the first dose of vaccinations 14 days from the start of school. Within 30 days of the first day of school, parents must show they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses.
Free immunizations are available for children who are uninsured or underinsured. Contact the Suffolk County Immunization Action Program at (631) 854-0222 for information.