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Immunization Checklist Ahead Of First Day Of School In September

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September is right around the corner, which means it’s time to ensure your student’s immunization records are in order before the first day of school.

All students in New York schools must have at least one dose of all age-appropriate required immunizations within 30 days of the first day of attendance, with the rest scheduled for follow-up doses in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) catch-up schedule. [see bottom of the article for schedule]

Official proof of immunization must be submitted within 14 calendar days after the first day of school in September.

State lawmakers in June removed all non-medical exemptions from school immunizations, including religion.

Students may receive a medical exemption if written by a licensed physician in New York State, not a Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant. Medical exemption requests must be submitted yearly and address specific vaccines and medical conditions.

The CDC developed an immunization schedule based on scientific research that indicates the ideal spacing between doses of vaccines.

Delayed vaccination schedules are not permitted under these guidelines. New York State follows these national guidelines for vaccine spacing.

The full CDC schedule of vaccine spacings can be found by clicking here.


Specific questions should be directed to your family health care provider or local health department.

Cortland County: (607) 753-5036

Cayuga County: (315) 253-1560

Tompkins County: (607) 274-6600

Tioga County: (607) 687-8600

Broome County: (607) 778-3930

Onondaga County: (315) 435-3252

Chenango County: (607) 337-1660

Madison County: (315) 366-2361

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