This notice is to inform you of a change to New York State Public Health Law, section 2164, signed by Governor Cuomo on October 26, 2015.
This change requires children entering or attending 7th and 12th grade on or after September 1, 2016 to receive an adequate dose or doses of vaccine against meningococcal disease.
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 months, the New York State Department of Health will draft regulations and establish updated immunization requirements charts and other materials to help implement this new requirement.
In the meantime, we encourage you to consult with your child’s health care provider regarding his/her immunization status. Please forward documentation of any meningococcal vaccines to your child’s school nurse as soon as possible so that we may update his/her health record.
We will advise you as we receive further information regarding the specifics in how we are to implement this new requirement.