North Syracuse Central School District
5355 West Taft Road
North Syracuse, NY 13212

NYSDOH Immunization Law

School Immunization Requirements, Public Health Law Section 2164, Rules and Regulations Subpart 66-1 (Effective July 1, 2014)

School immunization rules and regulations have been changed so that New York State immunization requirements are consistent with the most current childhood and adolescent immunization recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP is a group of medical and public health experts that develop recommendations on how to use vaccines to control diseases in the United States. These recommendations will lead to a reduction in the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases and an increase in the safe use of vaccines.

General Info

  • NYSDOH regulations now follow the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended immunization guidelines for those immunizations required by Public Health Law 2164. ACIP is composed of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on how to use vaccines to control diseases in the US, and they are responsible for making vaccine recommendations to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • The new immunization requirements for school entrance/attendance go into effect July 1, 2014. Note:  July 1, 2014 is the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
  • District administrators and private providers have been informed of the changes.
  • Electronic health records, the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) and the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR) automatically compare entered vaccines against what has been programed as required for a given age, grade, timing of administration or number of vaccines in a series. We recommend you contact your health office software vendor to inform them of these changes effective as of July 1, 2014, to make sure that your software is updated to meet the NYS Requirements.

Vaccine Specific Info

  • Students in grades K and 6th will need 2 varicella vaccines, and may need an additional dose of IPV.  (Students in grades 1–5 and 7-12 are not required to have additional doses of these vaccines).
  • Students no longer need 2 doses of MMR to enter kindergarten unless they are 7 years of age or older.  Per NYSDOH regulations and ACIP Guidelines, a 2nd dose of MMR is required by age 7.
  • Students in grades pre-K-6th may need additional doses of DTP/DTaP if under age 7, or Tdap/Td if 7 years of age and older. 
  • There are no changes for grades 7-12.
  • Serologic evidence is now acceptable for Polio as well as MMR, Hep B and Varicella.
    For Polio, antibodies must include all three serotypes to be accepted as proof of immunity.
  • Medical exemptions to immunizations must be reissued annually; and must specify the immunization exempted, sufficient information to identify the medical contraindication to the specific immunization, and specify the length of time the immunization is medically contraindicated. A sample medical exemption form is available by clicking here.

NYSDOH Vaccine and Dose Change and Dose Intervals Information for the 2014-2015 School Year

Pre-Kindergarten Students

Kindergarten Students


Grades 1-5 Students


Grade 6 Students


Dosing Intervals for Vaccines


Any questions or concerns regarding the immunization policy should be addressed to the school nurse in the health office of the appropriate building.

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