Immunization, Public Health Law 2164

NYS Public Health Law Section 2164 and New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Title 10, Subpart 66-1 
Requires every student entering or attending public, private or parochial school in New York State (NYS) to be immune to diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, varicella and meningococcal in accordance with Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations. In the 2019-20 school year, meningococcal immunization is required for grades 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12. 

Immunization Laws-Public Health Law Section 2164 (PDF)

Rules and Regulations Subpart 66-1.1-61.10 
Regarding immunizations for school attendance.

  • Per  VOLUME A-1a (Title 10) SubChapter G - AIDS Testing, Communicable Diseases, and Poisoning Part 66 - Immunizations and Communicable Diseases  SubPart 66-1 - School Immunization Requirements
    (m) Attend or admit means enrolled in, or admitted to, a school for the purpose of participating in or receiving services at such school, including but not limited to special education or related services, participating in intra-scholastic or interscholastic sports, or other school-sponsored events or activities; or being transported on a school bus or vehicle with other school children; except where such services, transportation, events, or activities are open to the general public.
  • Note: If the health department staff indicate that they cannot provide students' required immunizations, please instruct parents to ask for the Immunization Coordinator. If the Immunization Coordinator is unable to assist them or is not reachable, parents/guardians should contact the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Immunization at 518-474-1944 or email them at and provide their name and contact info. The NYSDOH will follow up with the local health department.

Emergency regulations to conform to recent amendments to the Public Health Law

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