|The immunizations described in this section include New York State Public Health Law (NYSPHL) required immunizations and immunizations recommended for college-age adults.|
Students who will have any on campus presence must fulfill the NYSPHL Requirements listed below. SUNY New Paltz requires documentation of your immunization compliance with the NYSPHL Requirements prior to course registration (new fall 2023).
Please upload documentation of your IMMUNIZATION RECORDS in your IMMUNIZATION PROFILE found on my.newpaltz.edu (available May 1) to document your compliance with NYSPHL. Your documentation of vaccination should be accepted within a few business days. Immunization records can be obtained at your physician’s office, at your high school health office or at any college previously attended by you in NYS.
Students who never come to campus because they are taking online courses from home are exempt from NYSPHL regarding post-secondary school immunizations.
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Please note, if you are a returning student and you have already submitted your health records the previous year/semester, then you do not need to resubmit any information. The information you submit as a Freshman/Transfer student will cover you through graduation.
All paperwork can be submitted to our office via the following methods:
MAIL: Student Health Service, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561
NYS PUBLIC HEALTH LAW REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS
NYS and SUNY require all students document proof of COVID-19 vaccination before they can register for in-person, on-campus classes. Students may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement. There is also an exemption available to students who are taking a fully online course schedule and have no campus presence (available after registering for online classes). More information about exemptions is available here.
SUNY’s policy requires only an initial COVID-19 vaccination for students. The College strongly encourages all eligible students to get a booster to maximize protection against the virus, but boosters are no longer required for most students.
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.
NYS Public Health Law requires all students attending college in NYS be offered a meningococcal vaccine. If they do not receive the vaccination within 5 years of the start of the semester, they must submit a completed Meningitis Vaccination Response Form stating they have read about the meningitis illness and decline the vaccine (checking the bottom box). A Meningococcal Disease Fact Sheet can be found on the Forms page of this website. This vaccine can be obtained at SHS for an out-of-pocket cost.
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.
The TB Screening Questionnaire 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 Affordable Care Act 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.
This vaccine is recommended if you have not been immunized for Tetanus in the last 10 years. May be obtained at SHS for a fee.
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. This vaccine is not administered at SHS.
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 two-three dose series which is usually completed prior to attending college. Certain strains 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 for a fee.
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. May be obtained at SHS for a fee.
This vaccine is recommended and is given on a yearly basis. May be obatined at no cost at SHS.