Important Changes to Student Vaccination Requirements
(June 19, 2019) — Please be advised of recent changes to school vaccination requirements for children. On June 13, 2019, state lawmakers passed an amendment that eliminates the exemption from vaccinations due to religious beliefs. Please contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible to make sure that your child has all the needed immunizations so they may continue attending school in September.
Meningococcal Vaccine School Requirement
All public and private school students entering 7th and 12th grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York State. Learn more about the meningococcal vaccine school requirement on the NYS Department of Health website, or download this one-page fact sheet
Students who are entering 6th grade (or a comparable age-level special education program) in September, and who are 11 years old or older, must receive a Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). If the student has received a Td, DT or DTAP vaccine in the last two years, the student should defer this vaccine at this time. You may discuss this vaccination schedule with your healthcare provider. If your student is 10 years old and entering 6th grade, they may receive a Tdap vaccine called Boostrix or they may wait until they turn 11 years old. Learn more about this vaccine requirement for schools on the NYS Department of Health website, or download this one-page fact sheet