New York’s school immunization requirements were updated for the first time in over a decade to be consistent with the most current recommendations and did not add any new vaccinations.
The State Department of Health says the new requirements for school attendance don’t add any new vaccines for school entry, but they update the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between doses.
The new requirements took effect Tuesday and are aimed at helping reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough.
Students entering kindergarten or 6th grade in the upcoming school year will now be required to have two doses of chicken pox vaccine and 3-5 doses of polio vaccine. These will be phased in over the next seven years and will be required for all grades by the 2020-2021 school year.
The recommendations were made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a national group of medical and public health experts.
The new requirements apply to daycare, head start, nursery, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten through 12th grade.