NYSED Guideline: Immunization Guidelines For Schools 2014 is currently under revision to reflect the amendment which repealed religious exemptions for immunizations for school attendance. Updated 6/2018. The Immunization Guideline 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
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)
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)
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 non-compliance 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)
Additional NYSCSH Resources
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