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Immunization Requirements

New immunization requirements for students

Beginning Sept. 1, 2016, New York state will require students entering grades seven (age 11 or 12) and twelve (age 16 or older) to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school.

Effective January 1, 2005 New York State require that students be immunized against Varicella (chickenpox), Pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus as requirements for school entry and attendance. The follow chart is a checklist of required immunizations by grade level(s).

2016-17 School Year
New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance 
Vaccines PreK (Day Care, Head Start,
Nursery or Pre-k)
Kindergarten Grades 1-5 Grade 6 Grades 7-12 
Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine
and Pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Tdap)
4 doses 4 to 5 doses
(See footnote 2b)
4 to 5 doses
(See footnote
2b-e)
3 doses
(See footnote 2c-e)
3 doses
(See footnote
2d-e)
Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine
and Pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap)3
(Required only for students enrolling in grades 6-12 who have not
previously received a Tdap at 7 years of age or older)
 not applicable  not applicable  not applicable  1 dose  1 dose
Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV)  3 doses  3 to 4 doses  3 doses  3 to 4 doses  3 doses
Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR)5  1 dose  1 dose  2 doses  2 doses required
by age 7
 2 doses
Hepatitis B vaccine6  3 doses  3 doses  3 doses  3 doses  3 doses
Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine  1 dose  2 doses  1 dose  1 dose  1 dose
Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine (Hib)  1 to 4 doses  Not applicable  Not applicable  Not applicable  Not applicable
Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (PCV)  1 to 4 doses  Not applicable  Not applicable  Not applicable  Not applicable
Meningococcal B vaccine 2 doses (one by grade 7 & one by grade 12)

 

For further information contact:

New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control – Immunization Program, ESP, Corning Tower, Rm 649, Albany, NY 12237 (518) 473-4437. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Immunization, Program Support Unit, 2 Layfayette St., Box 21, 18th Floor/Mailroom, New York, NY 10007 (212) 676-2301.