State makes changes to immunization requirements

April 14, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

Students entering kindergarten will now be required to have two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine.

That’s one of several changes to immunization requirements, according to the New York State Department of Health. The changes are effective July 1, 2014.

Other changes include:

  • Students entering kindergarten or 6th grade in the 2014-15 school year will now be required to have 3-4 doses of poliomyelitis (polio) vaccine. All other students will be able to attend school this year with one dose of varicella, and 3 doses of poliomyelitis. This new requirement will apply to all 2014-15 incoming kindergarten and 6th grades students, along with the subsequent grade levels that the 2014-15 kindergarten and 6th grade students move up to.
  • Students in grades pre-K or K through 6 will be required to have age-appropriate doses of DPT or DTaP, in accordance with the ACIP schedule.
  • Two doses of MMR are no longer required for entrance into kindergarten, though students must have two doses by age 7.
  • A student who is “in process” must be allowed to attend school. A student who is in process is defined as one who has had the first dose of all required immunization series and has appointments to complete the series in accordance with the ACIP catch up schedule. See the Center for Disease Control website for the schedule.

For more information on immunization requirements, including frequently asked questions, view the Department of Health’s immunization page.

Download a copy of immunization requirements [PDF].

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