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New for Fall 2015: The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has announced that effective September 1, 2015, schools are subject to new immunization requirements. Charter schools are required to comply with these requirements and should refer to the DOH’s 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 will 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.

The biggest change with the new regulation is that previously kindergartens were allowed to attend school before completing the MMR, DTaP and polio vaccine series. These vaccines are now required to be received upon school entry.

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 immunization exemptions. Please note that the requirements listed in this presentation have changed for Fall 2015.

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.

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