Immunizations

NYSED Guideline: Immunization Guidelines For Schools 2014
The Guideline is currently under revision to reflect amendment which repealed religious exemptions for immunizations for school attendance. Updated 6/2018. Provides guidance for implementing an effective school immunization program. It is intended for both public and non-public schools.

NYSDOH Memos Relating to the Repeal of Non-Medical Exemptions (By Date of Issue)

January 8, 2020 - 2019 School Immunization Final Rule to Schools and Local Health Departments from the NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization. (1/9/20)

Note each of these FAQs contains different information.

NYSDOH|OCFS|NYSED Statement and FAQs on Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemption from School Vaccination Requirements  This link takes you directly to the NYSDO  webpage where you will find the two FAQS below)

June 18, 2019 - Frequently Asked Questions About Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemptions from School Vaccination Requirements (6/18/19) 

July 22, 2019 - VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL STUDENTS- Follow-Up to 6/18/19 FAQs About Vaccination Requirements (7/22/19) 

August 16, 2019 - Additional Guidance About Vaccination Requirements FAQs and Emergency regulations to conform to recent amendments to the Public Health Law (8/16/19)  

(Memos by Title)

Immunization Certificates for High School Graduates.  Encourages high schools to forward a copy of the student’s immunization certificate at the same time the final transcripts are sent to the college or university, as well as provide a copy to graduates to assist them in gaining employment or pursuing higher education at a later date. (NYSED memo,11/2011)  

Click here to view NYSDOH information regarding what constitutes a Certificate of Immunization Information from the Post Secondary Immunization Handbook on the NYSDOH website. 

Influenza Vaccine Education Amendment - Amendment to public health law (PHL) section § 613 which directs the NYSDOH Commissioner of Health to provide families of children 6 months -18 years of age who attend certain child-care settings, public schools and nonpublic schools with educational materials on influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations. (NYSED Memo, 9/2016)

Letter to Superintendents Regarding Noncompliance with Immunization Requirements for School Entry.  Outlines the penalties which may be imposed upon a district for noncompliance with immunization requirements for school entry. Per NYSDOH this letter remains current for the 2017-2018 school year. (NYSDOH Letter, 12/2016)

Polio Serology Letter to Schools - letter sent to clarify the use of serologic testing to document polio immunity to meet school immunization requirements (6/8/2017)

Provisions of Law Concerning the Administration of Immunizations & Anaphylactic Agents by Registered Professional Nurses Utilizing Non-Patient Specific Orders & Protocols (NYSED Memo, 2/2001)

Public Health and Education Laws Regarding State Requirements for Vaccinations. Reviews the obligation of schools with specific reference to the measles outbreak. (NYSDOH Memo, 2/9/15)

Retention Requirements for Student Immunization Records.  Provides guidance for transfer and retention of immunization records. (NYSDOH Memo, 5/2007)

See also: Laws and Regulations

Updated 1/9/20