New York – Children entering kindergarten through grade 12 will now be required to receive a complete series of vaccines to attend classes this fall, according to new rules from the state Department of Health.
Starting Tuesday, students must be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella; and diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis — or being in process of doing so — in order to attend classes.
The new rules will most directly apply to younger children. Under previous regulations, kindergarteners could attend without finishing those vaccines.
“These revisions are based on the most current science and will give our children the best protection we can provide from devastating diseases.” state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a statement. “With these up to date school immunization requirements in place, New York will be aligned with federal standards on childhood vaccines.”
Under the new regulations, children entering kindergarten through high school will be mandated to have completed two doses of the measles, mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Children entering kindergarten through grade five will need to receive five doses of the vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and a cellular pertussis (DTaP) to attend classes.
Those entering kindergarten and grades one, six and seven must receive four doses of the polio vaccine.
Any child who is not up to date with the revised vaccine requirements will have to complete the vaccination series in order to remain in school.