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New York State Immunization Policy
Immunization Policy
New York State Public Health Law (PHL-2165) and Title 10 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations Subpart 66-2 (10
NYCRR Subpart 66-2) require students to provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella prior to the first
day of classes.

MEASLES
Students born on or after January 1, 1957 must submit proof of immunity to measles. Only one of the following is required:
  • The student must submit proof of two doses of live measles vaccine: the first dose given no more than four (4) day prior to the student’s first birthday and the second at least 28 days after the first dose; or
  • The student must submit serological proof of immunity to measles. This means the demonstration of measlesantibodies through a blood test performed by an approved medical laboratory; or
  • The student must submit a statement from the diagnosing physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner that the student has had measles disease; or
  • The student must submit proof of honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years from the date of application to the institution. The proof of honorable discharge shall qualify as a certificate enabling a student to attend the institution pending actual receipt of immunization records from the armed services; or
  • If a student is unable to access his/her immunization record from a health care provider or previous school, documentation that proves the student attended primary or secondary school in the United States after 1980 will be sufficient proof that the student received one (1) dose of live measles vaccine. If this option is used, the second dose of measles vaccine must have been administered within one (1) year of attendance at a post-secondary institution.
MUMPS
Students born on or after January 1, 1957 must submit proof of immunity to mumps. Only one of the following is required:
  • The student must submit proof of one dose of live mumps vaccine given no more than four (4) days prior to the student’s first birthday; or
  • The student must submit serological proof of immunity to mumps. This means the demonstration of mumps antibodies through a blood test performed by an approved medical laboratory; or
  • The student must submit a statement from the diagnosing physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner that the student has had mumps disease; or
  • The student must submit proof of honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years from the date of application to the institution. The proof of honorable discharge shall qualify as a certificate enabling a student to attend the institution pending actual receipt of immunization records from the armed services.

RUBELLA
Students born on or after January 1, 1957 must submit proof of immunity to rubella. Only one of the following is required:
  • The student must submit proof of one (1) dose of live rubella vaccine given no more than four (4) days prior to the student’s first birthday; or
  • The student must submit serological proof of immunity to rubella. This means the demonstration of rubella antibodies through a blood test performed by an approved medical laboratory (Since rubella rashes resemble rashes of other diseases, it is impossible to diagnose reliably on clinical grounds alone. Serological evidence is the only permissible alternative to immunization.); or
  • The student must submit proof of honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years from the date of application to the institution. The proof of honorable discharge shall qualify as a certificate enabling a student to attend the institution pending actual receipt of immunization records from the armed services.
Proof of immunization shall specify the vaccines and gives the dates of administration, physician-verified history of disease,
laboratory evidence of immunity, medical or religious exemption. This includes documents such as a certificate from a
physician, a copy of the immunization portion of the cumulative health record from a prior school, a migrant health record,
a union health record, a community health plan record, a signed immunization transfer card, a military dependent’s “shot”
record, the immunization portion of a passport, an immunization record card signed by a physician, physician assistant or
nurse practitioner, or an immunization registry record.

EXEMPTIONS FROM IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Medical Exemption: If a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, or licensed midwife caring for a
pregnant student, certifies in writing that the student has a health condition whic h is a valid contraindication to receiving a
specific vaccine, then a permanent or temporary (for resolvable conditions such as pregnancy) exemption may be granted.
This statement must specify those immunizations which may be detrimental and the length of time they may be detrimental.
Provisions need to be made to review records of temporarily exempted persons periodically to see if contraindications
still exist. In the event of an outbreak, medically exempt individuals should be protected from exposure. This may include
exclusion from classes or campus.

MEDICAL EXEMPTION
If a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, or licensed midwife caring for a pregnant student, certifies
in writing that the student has a health condition whic h is a valid contraindication to receiving a specific vaccine, then a
permanent or temporary (for resolvable conditions such as pregnancy) exemption may be granted. This statement must
specify those immunizations which may be detrimental and the length of time they may be detrimental. Provisions need to
be made to review records of temporarily exempted persons periodically to see if contraindications still exist. In the event
of an outbreak, medically exempt individuals should be protected from exposure. This may include exclusion from classes or
campus.

RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION

A student may be exempt from vaccination if, in the opinion of the institution, that student or student’s parent(s) or
guardian of those less than 18 years old holds genuine and sincere religious beliefs whic h are contrary to the practice of
immunization. The student requesting exemption may or may not be a member of an established religious organization.
Requests for exemptions must be written and signed by the student if 18 years of age or older, or parent(s), or guardian
if under the age of 18. The institution may require supporting documents. It is not required that a religious exemption
statement be notarized. In the event of an outbreak, religious exempt individuals should be protected from exposure. This
may include exclusion from classes or campus. In accordance with PHL Section 2167 and Title 10 New York Codes, Rules
and Regulations Subpart 66-2 (10 NYCRR Subpart 66-2), the Academy distributes information about meningococcal
disease and vaccination to students.