ALBANY - State Health Department officials are reminding parents that new vaccination requirements for students kick in Tuesday. The types of vaccinations don't change, but some time lines do.
The changes include:
-- Students entering kindergarten through the seventh grade for the 2015-16 academic year need two doses of measles and mumps vaccines and at least one rubella. Previously, students could wait till they are 7 years old to receive the second dose of measles and mumps vaccines.
-- Kindergerten through seventh-grade students also need five doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccines. However, if the child received a fourth dose after turning 4 years old, just four doses are required.
-- Students entering kindergarten and grades one, six and seven need four doses of polio vaccine. However, if the child received a third dose after turning 4 years old, just three doses are required. The seventh-grade and first-grade requirements are new.
Children who have not yet received all required vaccine doses must schedule appointments with their health care providers to complete the vaccine series in order to remain in school, the agency said in a news release. The regulations were adopted earlier this year but become effective next week.
"These revisions are based on the most current science and will give our children the best protection we can provide from devastating diseases." New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement, adding that New York is aligned with federal childhood vaccine standards.