Immunizations

The immunizations described in this section include New York State (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 NYS 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)
NYS Public Health Law requires students born on or after Jan. 1, 1957 to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

Proof of immunity is usually provided by documentation of 2 MMR immunizations.  The first dose administered after the student's first birthday and the second dose at least 28 days after the first dose. If doses of MMR are needed, they can be administered at Student Health Services (SHS) for no cost.  Another method of fulfilling this requirement is by obtaining blood tests which demonstrates immunity to measles, mumps and rubella.

MENINGOCOCCAL
NYS Public Health Law requires all students attending 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 found on the Forms page of this website. This vaccine can be obtained at SHS.


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.

Information regarding TB screening can be found on page five of the Health Report Form which can be found on the Forms page of this website. 

Students with a Tuberculin Skin Test or a blood test which 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  Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has affected health insurance coverage for immunizations.  Now certain immunizations are recognized as preventative care and are paid for without copayment or deductible.  Therefore, if you have domestic health insurance the following immunizations meningococcal, Tdap, Hep B, Varicella, HPV, and Hep A may be obtained for no charge from your primary care provider.  Influenza vaccination can be obtained by all students yearly for no charge from September to March 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 three-to-four doses.  The series is usually completed before entering first grade.  This vaccine is not administered at SHS.

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

VARICELLA (CHICKEN POX)
This vaccine is recommended as a two-dose series and usually is completed before entering first grade.  This immunization is not administered at SHS.

HUMAN PAPPILOMA VIRUS (HPV)
This vaccine is recommended as a three-dose series which is usually completed prior to attending college.  There are three HPV vaccines recommended for women.  Two vaccines are recommended for men.  Certain types of HPV are associated with cervical and vulvar cancer in women, penile cancer in men, mouth/neck and anal cancer in either sex.  Gardasil which is recommended for both women and men may be obtained at SHS.

HEPATITIS A (Hep A)
This vaccine is recommended and is given in a two-dose series at least six 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 two weeks prior to travel.

INFLUENZA
This vaccine is recommended and is given on a yearly basis.