Required immunizations

The following information pertains to New York Sate regulations and City School District of Albany policies governing School Health Services.

Communicable disease control is a primary responsibility of school and public health authorities. Mandatory immunization is one aspect of a comprehensive communicable disease control program.

New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164, mandates that schools not permit a child to be admitted unless the parents/guardians provide the school with a certificate of immunization or proof from a physician that the child is in the process of receiving the required immunizations.

The required immunizations for school attendance are:

Diphtheria toxoid (3 or more doses) Any combination of DPT, DTap, or DPT/Hib (Tetramune) totaling three is acceptable.

Pertussis and tetanus (3 or more doses): For students born on or after January 1, 2005, three or more doses of pertussis, and tetanus are required. Any combination of DPT, DTap, or DPT/Hib (Tetramune) totaling three is acceptable.

Diptheria, Tetanus and Acellular Pertussis vaccine (Tdap) (1 dose): One Tdap booster is required for children born on/after January 1, 1994, and entering sixth grade or a comparable special education program with an unassigned grade after September 1, 2007.

Poliomyelitis (3 or more doses): Requirements for poliomyelitis vaccination may be satisfied by either three or more doses or oral polio virus vaccine (OPV or TOPV); or three does of enhanced inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine (EIPV or IPV.*) * IPV administered in the United States after 1988 is presumed to be EIPV.

Measles vaccine (1 or 2 doses): One dose of live measles vaccine is required for children enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade who were born prior to January 1, 1985. For students born on or after January 1, 1985two doses of live measles vaccine are required. The first does must be given no more than four (4) days before the child's first birthday and the second on or after 15 months.

Rubella (1 dose): The requirements for rubella vaccination are to be satisfied by a single dose of live rubella virus given no more than four (4) days before the child's first birthday, or a record showing serological evidence of rubella antibodies. This requirement may be waived for female students who have reached 11 years of age.

Mumps (1 dose): The requirement for mumps vaccination is satisfied by a single dose of live mumps virus vaccine given no more than four days before a child's first birthday.

Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (3 doses): A child entering or attending any school prior to kindergarten (public, private or parochial child care centers, day nursery, day-care agency, nursery school or preschool) must show proof of receipt of Hib vaccine. Three doses of the vaccine are required if given before 15 months old. Only one (1) dose of the vaccine is required if given on or after 15 months old. Hib is not a requirement for kindergarten entry and attendance.

Hepatitis B (3 doses): Children born on or after January 1, 1993, must complete a series of three hepatitis B vaccinations to enter any day care, nursery, Head Start, pre-kindergarten, or other school program. All students enrolled in 7th grade beginning September 1, 2000, must receive the hepatitis B series--three doses of Recombivax HB, Engerix B or 2 doses of adult hepatitis B vaccine for children 11 to 15 years old.

Varicella (1 dose): Children born on or after January 1, 2000, must receive the varicella vaccine before enrolling in any school. Students born on or after January 1, 1994, and who enroll in the 6th grade at the beginning of 2005-06 school year must be immunized against varicella. Students born on or after January 1, 1994, and who transfer into 6th grade from another state or country after January 1, 2005, must be immunized against varicella. Special education students in gradesless classes who were born on or after January 1, 1994, must be immunized against by September 2005. Students born on or after January 1, 1994, who are repeating the 6th grade in 2005-06 school year must be immunized against varicella.

All of the above immunizations must be documented by your physician or health department, or must be from an official copy of the immunization record from the child's previous school. 

A student may be exempt from any or all immunizations if a physician certifies that such immunizations may be detrimental to the child's health.

No certificate of immunization shall be required as a prerequisite to attending school for children whose parents/guardians hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs that are contrary to the practice of immunization.