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Immunizations

These include NYS Public Health Law required immunizations and immunizations recommended for college age adults.


Students taking six or more credits per semester either fully or partially on campus must fulfill the New York State Public Health Law Requirements listed below.

Students who never come to campus because they are taking online courses from home are exempt from NYS Public Health Law regarding post-secondary school immunizations.

NYS PUBLIC HEALTH LAW REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS:

MEASLES, MUMPS, AND RUBELLA (MMR)
New York State Public Health Law requires students born on or after January 1, 1957 to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

Proof of immunity is usually provided by documentation of 2 MMR immunizations.  They must both be received after the student's 1st birthday.  If doses of MMR are needed, they can be administered at Student Health Services (SHS) for no cost.

MENINGOCOCCAL
Since August 2003 NYS Public Health Law requires all students that attend college in NY state be offered a meningococcal vaccine.  If they do not receive the vaccination they must submit a completed Meningitis Vaccination Response Form stating they have read about the meningitis illness and decline the vaccine.  A Meningococcal Disease Fact Sheet can be viewed on the Student Health Service website under the Forms link.  This is a vaccine covered under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).


NEW PALTZ REQUIRED TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING POLICY:

Tuberculosis (TB) is still a worldwide health problem.  Screening for TB means assessing each students risk for developing active TB while on campus at New Paltz and further testing those students at increased risk.

Criteria for further TB testing can be found on page 5 of the Health Report Form which can be found on the forms page of this website.  (These criteria should be reviewed with your primary healthcare provider.)

Students with a Tuberculin Skin Test or a blood test that indicate exposure to TB are required to have a chest x-ray to be TB compliant at New Paltz.


 

IMMUNIZATIONS RECOMMENDED FOR COLLEGE AGE ADULTS:

The implimentation of the regulations associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has affected College Health Insurance coverage for immunizations starting in the fall semester of 2012.  Now immunizations are considered preventative care and are paid for without copayment or deductible.  Therefore, if you have the domestic student health insurance Tdap, Hep B, Varicella, HPV, and Hep A can be obtained at SHS for no charge.  If you have another health insurance these immunizations should be available from your primary care provider at no charge.  Influenza vaccination, as in the past, can be obtained by all students for no charge from September to March every year at SHS.

TETANUS/DIPTHERIA/PERTUSSIS (Tdap)
This vaccine is recommended if you have not been immunized for Tetanus in the last 10 years. 

POLIO
This vaccine is given in a series of 3-4 doses.  The series is usually completed before entering 1st grade.  This vaccine is not administered at SHS.

HEPATITIS B (Hep B)
This vaccine is given in a 3 dose series usually completed by the age of 2 years old.

VARICELLA (CHICKEN POX)
This vaccine is recommended as a 2 dose series and usually is completed before entering 1st grade.  This immunization is not routinely available at SHS and will be ordered as needed.

HUMAN PAPPILOMA VIRUS (HPV)
This vaccine is recommended as a 3 dose series which is usually completed prior to attending college.  There are two HPV vaccines recommended for women to prevent cervical cancer.  One vaccine is recommended for women and men to prevent genital warts.  HPV is associated with cervical and vulvar cancer in women, penile cancer in men and mouth/neck and anal cancer in either sex with a history of certain types of HPV infections.  Gardasil which is for both women and men can be obtained at SHS.

HEPATITIS A (Hep A)
This vaccine is recommended and is given in a 2 dose series at least 6 months apart.  It is sometimes received in childhood.  Traveling to developing countries is an indication for this vaccine.  For this indication the first shot in the immunization series should be administered at least 2 weeks prior to travel.

INFLUENZA
This vaccine is recommended and is given on a yearly basis.  It can be administered at SHS from September - March yearly for no charge.