Public Health Law Compliance
New York State Public Health Laws (PHL) require that all students provide specific documentation regarding vaccinations and acknowledgment of understanding of the risks regarding meningococcal disease.
PHL 2165 requires proof of immunization or the absence of susceptibility to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (German Measles). This law 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 susceptibility. PHL 2167 states that all students, regardless of age, must prove they have received information about the risk of meningitis and they have been made aware there is a vaccine that could reduce this risk. Evidence of a meningitis vaccine within the last 10 years or a signed waiver declining the vaccination satisfies this statute.
All students are encouraged to submit a Pre-Enrollment Health Form which can be obtained by contacting the Health Office.
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 30 days from 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
Record of two MMR's exceeds the New York State requirement. In most cases these two vaccines are completed prior to Kindergarten. If you are unsure about your vaccine history contact your personal physician. You may be able to obtain documentation regarding vaccinations from your high school health office.
Religious and Medical Exemptions
Persons who hold religious beliefs based on the tenets of an organized religion that prohibits vaccinating its members will be exempt from PHL 2165. Students must submit a notarized request for approval to the Health Office.
An additional health form which includes a physical and additional vaccines is required for Athletes, Nursing students and Police Academy Cadets. Contact the following departments to request a physical form and deadlines for submitting:
- Student athletes: Contact Jackie McAtee, Athletic Trainer, 607-962-9317
- Nursing students: Contact Nurse Education Department, 607-962-1323
- Police Academy cadets: Contact Police Academy, 607-962-7397
Students that remain non-compliant following a 30-day grace period (beginning of each semester), risk being removed from the campus until compliance can be proven. HOLDS will be placed on all student accounts who have not provided the Health Office with the required documentation. In the event of a campus outbreak, all susceptible students will be removed from campus until Public Health officials declare it is safe to return to campus or until proof of vaccination history has been provided.