EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2016:
New York State Health Department has changed school requirements for immunization.
MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2016
On October 26, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law, which amended New York State (NYS) Public Health Law (PHL) section 2164, to require children entering or attending seventh and twelfth grades on or after September 1, 2016 to receive an adequate dose or doses of vaccine against meningococcal disease as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Meningococcal meningitis is a serious disease which can lead to death within hours. Survivors may be left with severe disabilities, including the loss of limbs, cognitive deficits, paralysis, deafness, or seizures. In the coming year, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will work with the New York State Education Department and other partners to draft regulations and establish updated immunization requirements charts and other materials to help implement this new requirement.
- A single dose of vaccine against meningococcal (vaccine brand names Menactra®) should be administered to all adolescents at age 11 or 12 years (7 grade)
- A second (booster) dose of Menactra® vaccine should be administered at age 16 years. The booster dose is not necessary for adolescents who receive the first dose of a Menactra® at 16 years of age or older
- The minimum interval between doses of Menactra® vaccine is 8 weeks.
What this means for you and your child is that, if they are entering 12th grade, they should have another Meningitis booster shot. Even if they had one shot they will now need 2 to be in compliance with New York State requirements. If you have other children that will be entering the 7th grade at our school or another other School in New York State, they need to have a Meningitis immunization.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 854-2490 ext. 231. If your child has a physical over the summer, please ask the MD office to fax a copy to 716-854-5039, Attention: School Nurse – Lynn Lent.
See you in August and Thank You,
Lynn M. Lent R.N.