Immunization Requirements

New York State has two Public Health Laws (PHL) that SUNY Corning Community College and its students are required to follow.  The health office works to ensure that all students who are taking 6 or more credit hours, are in compliance with this law.


Public Health Law 2165 requires students to submit proof of immunization, or the absence of susceptibility to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (German Measles). This PHL applies to all students born on or after January 1, 1957 who are taking 6 or more credit hours. Students born before January 1, 1957 do not need to prove absence of susceptibility. 


Public Health Law 2167 states that all students must prove that they have received information about the risk of meningitis, and that they are aware there is a vaccine that could reduce this risk. Evidence of a meningitis vaccine within the last 5 years or a signed waiver declining the vaccination satisfies this statute.  A 30 day grace period will be extended if the student indicates in writing that they will receive the vaccine.  


All students, regardless of credit hours, are encouraged to submit a Student Immunization Record which can be obtained from the Health Office, Enrollment Advising Center, or the Welcome Desk at the Elmira campus.

Proof of Immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella can be satisfied by providing a copy of your vaccination record and should include evidence of:

  • Two doses of a LIVE Measles vaccine given no more than 4 days prior to the student's first birthday, and the second dose given a minimum of 28 days after the first dose.
  • One dose of a LIVE Mumps vaccine given no more than 4 days prior to the student's first birthday.
  • One dose of a LIVE Rubella vaccine given no more than 4 days prior to the student's first birthday.

 

Most students born after January 1972 have received two MMR's which is the equivalent of receiving:

  • Two doses of Measles
  • Two doses of Mumps
  • Two doses of Rubella

 

If you do not have your vaccination records the following agencies may be able to assist you: 

  • County Health Department  
  • High school health office
  • Military Records 
  • Previous College Health Office  
  • State immunization registry
  • Pediatrician or MD office


If you are unable to obtain your immunization records there are lab tests, or titers that can prove immunity.  Speak with your healthcare provider to obtain these tests.   

 

Nursing students, Police Academy Cadets, and Athletes are required to submit additional health forms which include a physical and proof of additional vaccines. Contact the applicable department to request details and deadlines for submitting. 

Nursing Department: 607-962-9241, Director of Nursing, Krystal Jubilee
Athletics:  607-962-9318, Director of Athletics, Isaac Bushey
Criminal Justice Department: 607-937-1307

 

More information on immunization laws from the New York State Department of Health

Any student that remains non-compliant with PHL 2165 and 2167 following a 30-day grace period will have a hold placed on their account.  When an adequate vaccine history and acknowledgement of meningitis education have been received in the health office, the hold will be removed. An account hold prevents students from registering, making schedule changes, and obtaining transcripts and grades, and could result in graduation delays.  In the event of a campus outbreak, all susceptible students will be barred from campus until public health officials declare it is safe to return, or when proof of vaccination has been determined. Residential students are required to submit the immunization information prior to moving in.