Effective September 1, 2016, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced that schools are subject to new immunization requirements. Charter schools are required to comply with these requirements and should refer to the DOH’s new 2017-18 guide on required immunizations (https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2370.pdf).
DOH’s new regulations provide that students attending kindergarten through grade 12 must have two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. In addition, students in grades K-5 need five doses of the vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and a cellular pertussis (DTap) and students in grades 1,6, and 7 must have four doses of the polio vaccine, depending on the age of the child at the time of the last dose.
The regulation now requires completion of the MMR, DTaP and polio vaccine series upon school entry in student’s first year (usually kindergarten).
For additional information visit the DOH’s website:
School Immunization Requirements is a presentation from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene outlining proper procedure and protocols for ensuring that charter school immunization requirements are met according to the law. Topics covered include the Certificate of Immunization, requirements by grade level, and possible immunization exemptions.
NYC Department of Health Requirements for School Entrants and NYS Immunization Requirements clarify city and state immunization schedules for school students. The city DOH chart includes all health and examination requirements such as vision and hearing screening as well.
The three notices for parents and the Request for Medical Exemption are also available in multiple languages on the DOE website: DOE Immunization page. Other resources for families can be found there including a list of clinics that provide immunization: Clinics
Commonly Used Vaccines is a handy one-page document from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene listing common vaccines with abbreviations and brand names.