The New York State Immunization Regulations have changed! Please contact your child's health care provider to ensure your child's required immunizations are up to date.
6th Grade Students
- Students who are entering 6th grade or a comparable age-level special education school or program on or after September 5, 2017 and who are 11 years of age or older must receive an immunization containing tetanus toxoids, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap).
- If a student has received a Td, DT, or DTaP vaccination within the last two years, the student’s Tdap vaccination should be deferred (with rare exceptions) until a period of two years has elapsed.
- 10-year old students who are entering 6th grade will not be required to receive a Tdap vaccine and will not be excluded from school, but they must be flagged, tracked and immunized when they turn 11 years old.
Students are required to have the required Tdap immunization within 14 days of the first day of school. Students who are non-compliant after the 14 day grace period will be excluded from school per New York State law.
7th Grade Students
- Meningococcal meningitis is a serious disease which can lead to death within hours. Survivors may be left with severe disabilities, including the loss of limbs, cognitive deficits, paralysis, deafness, or seizures.
Students who are entering 7th grade and 12th grade or a comparable age-level special education school or program on or after September 1, 2016 must receive an immunization containing vaccine against meningococcal disease as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
The ACIP recommendations for meningococcal vaccine are:
- A single dose of vaccine against meningococcal serogroups A, C, W-135, and Y (MenACWY vaccine; brand names Menactra® or Menveo®) should be administered to all adolescents at age 11 or 12 years.
- A second (booster) dose of MenACWY vaccine should be administered at age 16 years.
- The booster dose is not necessary for adolescents who receive the first dose of MenACWY at 16 years of age or older.
- The minimum interval between doses of MenACWY vaccine is 8 weeks.
- A serogroup B meningococcal vaccine series (MenB vaccine) may be administered to adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age, at the discretion of the healthcare provider. The preferred age for MenB vaccine is 16 through 18 years of age.
Students are required to have the required meningococcal immunization within 14 days of the first day of school. Students who are non-compliant after the 14 day grace period will be excluded from school per New York State law.