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NYS Department of Health has amended Public Health Law 2164.

The following are changes to the New York State immunization requirements for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine:
    • Students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 are required to have 1 dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine.  
    • Students entering grade 12 are required to have 2 doses of MenACWY vaccine. If the 1st dose of MenACWY vaccine was received at 16 years of age or older, only 1 dose is required. This requirement is the same as last year.
  • Varicella (chickenpox): Students entering grades K (pre-1A), 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8,  9 and 10 are required to have 2 doses of varicella. One dose of varicella vaccine is required for all other grades.
  • Polio: Students entering grades K (pre-1A), 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 , 9 and 10 are required to have 4 doses of polio vaccine, unless the 3rd dose was received at 4 years of age or older, in which case only 3 doses are required. Three doses of polio vaccine are required for all other grades.
  • Influenza: As of December 16, 2015, the rule requiring New York City children aged 6 to 59 months to be immunized each year against influenza is no longer in effect.    


For additional information, please see the websites below:

NYSDOH Meningococcal Disease Fact Sheet- http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable.meningococcal/fact_sheet.htm

http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/childhood_and_adolescent.htm