Changes to immunization requirements for
kindergarten and grade 6
The New York State Department of Health
(DOH) has revised immunization requirements for school attendance
to be consistent with recommendations from the Advisory Committee
on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP is a national group of
medical and public health experts.
The new requirements took effect on July 1,
2014 and were developed to reduce the number of vaccine-preventable
diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. No new vaccines are
required, but the number of doses required and the time intervals
between doses has changed.
Among the changes:
Students entering kindergarten or
grade 6 in the 2014-15 school year are now required to have two
doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and three to four
doses of poliomyelitis (polio) vaccine. All other students will
be able to attend school this year with one dose of varicella
and three doses of poliomyelitis. In addition to applying to all
2014-15 incoming kindergarten and 6th-graders, the new
requirements apply to the subsequent grade levels that the
2014-15 kindergarten and 6th-grade students move up to.
Students in pre-K-grade 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 seven.
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
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the
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