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New Vaccine Doses Required for 2015-16

July 20, 2015

The New York State Department of Health has revised the regulations regarding immunization requirements for school attendance, effective September 1, 2015.

Highlights of New Requirements

Students entering Kindergarten through 7th grade in the 2015-16 school year will now be required to have 2 doses of the chicken pox vaccine and 3-4 doses of the poliomyelitis vaccine. All other students will be able to attend school with 1 dose of the chicken pox vaccine and 3 doses of poliomyelitis.

All students will now need two doses of measles and mumps vaccine and one dose of rubella vaccine. Students will no longer be able to wait until age 7 to meet this requirement.

Summary of Changes

Below is a summary of the changes to School Immunization Requirements for the 2015-16 School Year based on NYSDOH amended regulations:

MMR (grades K-12)
  • 2 doses of measles and mumps vaccines and 1 dose of rubella vaccine (MMR)
    • Required for school entry.
    • Range of 4 through 6 years of age for second dose no longer permitted.
DTaP (grades K-12, except 8-12 as noted below*)
  • 5 doses of diphtheria and tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine and acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
    • Required for school entry. For the 5th dose, obtaining in age range of 4 through 6 years is no longer permitted
    • If 4th dose received at 4 years of age or older, only 4 doses required
Polio (grades K, 1, 6 and 7 only)
  • 4 doses of poliomyelitis vaccine (IPV)
    • Required for school entry. For the 4th dose, obtaining in age range of 4 through 6 years is no longer permitted
    • If 3rd dose received at 4 years of age or older, only 3 doses required
Polio (grades 2-5, 8-12)
  • 3 doses
*Changes to Grades 8 through 12 School Entrance Immunization Requirements
  • Students enrolling in grades 8 through 12 in the 2015-16 school year are in this cohort, including new entrants in subsequent years into the cohort’s current grade levels (e.g. 2016-2017 grades 9-12; 2017-2018 grades 10-12; 2018-2019 grades 11-12; 2019-2020 12th grade)
  • Must meet immunization requirements of regulations in effect prior to July 1, 2014
  • Do not need to have intervals assessed for immunizations
  • Students are compliant for 2015-2016 through graduation, if they meet requirements in effect June 30, 2014 which were:
    • DTaP/DTP: 3 doses
    • Tdap: 1 dose
    • Polio: 3 doses
    • MMR: 2 doses, or 2 doses of measles, 1 dose of mumps, and 1 dose of rubella
    • Hep B: 3 doses

To view a comparison chart of the 2015-16 requirments to those fo 2014-15, check out the New York State Department of Health Vaccine and Dose Information for 2015 [PDF].

For More Information

To learn more about these requirements, talk to your pediatrician regarding your child’s current vaccination records. Also visit the immunization section on the district website at http://www.schalmont.org/health/index.cfm.