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  • A school may require students to be immunized before being admitted to the school.
  • Appointments between doses of vaccine should follow the minimum interval schedule as closely as possible (timeframe should be reasonable).
  • 3 cases in Erie, 2 cases in Nassau and one case in Suffolk.
  • A student who has an MMR should be counted as immunized under columns for measles, mumps and rubella. For Hep B, count doses, not spacing intervals. Live virus vaccines (MMR and Varicella) need to be separated by the minimum interval of 28 days. The 4 day grace period is not to be used when scheduling vaccines, only when vaccinations have already occurred. If a student receives a MMR and then < 28 days later (24 days with grace period) receives varicella vaccine, then the varicella immunization is not valid and must be repeated.
  • A student who has an MMR should be counted as immunized under columns for measles, mumps and rubella. For Hep B, count doses, not spacing intervals. Live virus vaccines (MMR and Varicella) need to be separated by the minimum interval of 28 days. The 4 day grace period is not to be used when scheduling vaccines, only when vaccinations have already occurred. If a student receives a MMR and then < 28 days later receives varicella vaccine, then the varicella immunization is not valid and must be repeated.
  • A date of disease DX is not necessary for varicella, measles or mumps. Students with physician DX of disease or serological evidence of immunity should be counted as having been immunized.
  • If a student/parent indicates he/she has a record, but you have not received it, still count them as having no record.
  • If an exemption was written by a physician from another state who is not licensed to practice in NYS, the student must get an exemption from a physician licensed to practice in this state. The medical exemption needs to be a valid contraindication to the vaccine. Included in your packet is a copy of the CDC’s Guide to Contraindications to Vaccinations. Dentists, chiropractors, and PhD’s are not physicians. Exemptions written by physicians for their own children are acceptable, but not encouraged.
  • A religious exemption statement/form remains valid for a student transferring from one public school to another public school within a school district.
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    1. 1. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of Immunization SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
    2. 2. Presentation Goals: <ul><li>To give participants a basic understanding of required immunizations for school attendance. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Answer any questions regarding immunization requirements for school attendance. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Public Health Law Section 2164 (PHL §2164) No principal, teacher, owner or person in charge of a school shall permit any child to be admitted to or attend such school, in excess of fourteen days , without acceptable evidence of the child's immunization against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, pertussis, tetanus, and, where applicable, Haemophilus influenza  type b (Hib), and pneumococcal disease. This fourteen day period may be extended to not more than thirty days where such student is transferring from out-of-state or from another country and can show a good faith effort to get the necessary certification or other evidence of immunization. Note: It is generally assumed that the 14 and 30 days are calendar days. Note: A school may require students to be immunized before being admitted to school.
    4. 4. Certificate of Immunization <ul><li>Prepared by a NYS physician or authorized person who administers the immunizing agent and shall specify the vaccines given and dates of administration. </li></ul><ul><li>This includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An official immunization record or card signed or stamped by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>an immunization registry record; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>211S (DOE school form)s; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>an ATS (automate the schools) immunization record (DOE); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>104S (DOE name of form); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a military dependent’s shot record; and, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the immunization portion of a passport or immigration form </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. In Process/Provisional means the child/student has received some or none of the required doses of vaccine and has an appointment, or appropriately spaced appointments, to receive the initial dose or any remaining doses. Students awaiting serology or titer results can also be considered in process. IN PROCESS (Provisional) A child/student with no immunization record and no appointment to receive the required immunizations IS NOT considered in process (provisional).
    6. 6. In Process (Provisional) Cont. <ul><li>Appointments for additional doses of vaccine should follow the interval schedule set forth by ACIP, and should not exceed the provisional periods listed below. </li></ul><ul><li>The provisional period between the first and second dose for diphtheria-containing vaccine, polio, hepatitis B, and measles-containing vaccine is 8 weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>The provisional period for diphtheria-containing vaccine, polio, and hepatitis B between the second and third dose is 6 months. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Outbreaks Still Occur <ul><li>2006 Mumps Outbreak in Midwest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 6,333 mumps cases reported nationwide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>53 cases reported in NY State </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2005 Mumps Summer Camp Outbreak </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 30 children and staff diagnosed. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Measles Outbreak in Erie, Nassau and Suffolk counties </li></ul><ul><li>High vaccination coverage rates are important to prevent outbreaks of vaccine- preventable diseases. </li></ul>
    8. 8. This chart is from the Immunization Action Coalition website: www.immunize.org/catg.d/4037/stop.pdf Publication Item #P4037 Updated 5/06. 1 – Unpublished CDC data, reported December 2005 2 – Reported cases, CDC, MMWR August 12, 2005. 54(31);770 and CDC. MMWR December 2, 2005. 54(47);1214 3 -- Estimated cases. Percent Decrease 2004 Cases 20 th Century Estimated Annual Morbidity in US 1 Disease 80.0% 817,024 3 4,085,120 Varicella 40.1% 37,775 3 63,067 Pneumococcus (invasive) 99.9% 30 3 20,000 Hib (invasive) 73.8% 17,358 3 66,232 Hepatitis B (acute) 94.1% 34 2 580 Tetanus 100% 0 2 152 Congenital Rubella Syndrome 99.9% 10 2 47,745 Rubella 100% 0 2 16,316 Polio (paralytic) 87.1% 25,827 2 200,752 Pertussis 99.8% 258 2 162,344 Mumps 99.9% 37 2 4,000,000 Measles 100% 0 2 21,053 Diphtheria
    9. 9. Chickenpox can be dangerous and even deadly <ul><li>Prior to vaccine introduction in 1995: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately 4 million cases annually in the US including: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4,000 – 9,000 hospitalizations/year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100 deaths/year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The greatest vaccine-preventable killer of children in the United States </li></ul></ul></ul>Source: CDC
    10. 10. Risks of Not Vaccinating <ul><li>Vaccination Works! Measles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lets look at the history of measles: </li></ul></ul>1958-1962: Over a half a million cases of measles are reported each year. 432 measles-related deaths occur on average each year. 1958 1962 1963 2000 Measles vaccine is licensed. By 2000, only 81 cases are reported in all of the U.S.! Source: CDC
    11. 11. Risks of Not Vaccinating <ul><li>A Disease Is More Than An Illness. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sick children are kept out of school. A child with chickenpox, for example, can miss one or more weeks of school. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can experience physical pain, discomfort, trauma, long-term disabilities, or even death from an illness that could have been prevented with a vaccine. </li></ul><ul><li>A sick child can also infect parents, sisters, brothers, other family members, friends, and classmates too! </li></ul>Source: CDC
    12. 12. <ul><li>4 doses of Diphtheria - containing vaccine (DTP, DTaP, DT) </li></ul><ul><li>3 doses of Diphtheria , Tetanus, and Pertussis - containing vaccine for children born on or after 1/1/05 (DTaP, DTP) </li></ul><ul><li>3 doses of Polio vaccine (OPV or IPV) </li></ul><ul><li>1 dose of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines administered on or after the first birthday* </li></ul><ul><li>Hib ( Haemophilus Influenzae Type b) vaccine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 doses before 15 months of age or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 dose on or after 15 months of age </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3 doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine (HBV) </li></ul><ul><li>1 dose of Varicella vaccine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Administered on or after </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the first birthday.* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*New York state allows a 4 day grace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>period . </li></ul></ul>Requirements for Pre-Kindergarten
    13. 13. Notes for Live Virus Vaccines <ul><li>Live virus vaccines should be separated by the minimum interval of 28 days. If a student received a live virus vaccine (Example: MMR) and then received another live virus vaccine (Example: Varicella) < 28 days later, the second immunization (Varicella) is not valid and needs to be repeated. </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV7) : required for day care entrance/attendance for children born on or after 1/1/08 </li></ul><ul><li>Unless you have an infant program , these students will not be in attendance for several years. </li></ul>New Immunization Requirement
    15. 15. <ul><li>3 doses of Diphtheria containing vaccine (DTP, DTaP, DT, Td, Tdap ) - New York City requires 4 doses for Kindergarten only </li></ul><ul><li>3 doses of Diphtheria,Tetanus, and Pertussis- containing vaccine for children born on or after 1/1/05 (DTaP, DTP) </li></ul><ul><li>3 doses of Polio vaccine (OPV and/or IPV) </li></ul><ul><li>2 doses of Measles vaccine and one dose each of Mumps and Rubella vaccines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first dose of Measles , Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine must be administered on or after the first birthday* </li></ul></ul>Requirements for Kindergarten – 12th Grade
    16. 16. <ul><li>3 doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine (HBV) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The 2 dose adult Recombivax Hepatitis B series for students 11-15 years of age only meets the requirements for Hepatitis B </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1 dose of Varicella vaccine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Administered on or after the first birthday*. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applies to all children born on or after 1/1/98 or children born on or after 1/1/94 who are enrolling in the 6th grade (2 doses for transfers in from out of NYS or those entering at or after 12 years of age) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tdap booster for all children born on or after 1/1/94 who are enrolling in 6th grade </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>* New York state allows a 4 day grace period </li></ul></ul></ul>Requirements for Kindergarten – 12th Grade cont’d
    17. 17. Tdap <ul><li>A vaccine containing tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) required of all students entering 6 th grade or a comparable level special education program who are born on or after 1/1/94. </li></ul><ul><li>Tdap Vaccines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boostrix (GSK) – licensed for ages 10-18 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adacel (sanofi pasteur)– licensed for ages 11-64 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If a student has received a Td vaccination within the </li></ul><ul><li>last 2 years, the student’s Tdap vaccination may be deferred for a period of 2 years. </li></ul><ul><li>10 year-old students who are entering 6 th grade are </li></ul><ul><li>not required to receive a Tdap vaccine and will not be excluded from school, but must be tracked </li></ul><ul><li>and immunized when they turn 11 . </li></ul>
    18. 18. Tdap - continued <ul><li>If a student has received a DTaP vaccination in error within the last 2 years, that will be considered acceptable proof of immunization to meet the Tdap booster requirement for entering the 6 th grade. </li></ul><ul><li>This is NOT, nor should be, recommended. </li></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>Serological Evidence of Immunity (titer) – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A copy of the original laboratory results with the students name and date. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is valid only for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Diagnosis of Disease – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A statement by physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>licensed to practice in New York, that a child was diagnosed with a specific disease. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: A positive titer result remains acceptable proof of immunity for the entire time the student is attending school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Equivocal and negative titers are not considered proof of immunity. </li></ul></ul>Other Proofs of Immunization
    20. 20. Students Without Immunization Record <ul><li>Those students for whom you have no immunization record Students with religious or medical exemptions should not </li></ul><ul><li>be counted as having no record. </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>Medical Exemption – </li></ul><ul><li>A statement from a physician, licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York, that a valid contraindication exists for one or more of the required immunizations. This certificate should indicate which vaccine(s) is contraindicated, why (HIPPA protected), and specify the duration of the exemption. </li></ul><ul><li>State Education Department web site for list of physicians licensed to practice in NYS: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nydoctorprofile.com/welcome.jsp. </li></ul>Immunization Exemptions
    22. 22. Medical Exemptions - Cont. <ul><li>If an exemption was written by a physician from another state who is not licensed to practice in New York State, the exemption is not valid. </li></ul><ul><li>Medical exemptions should be a valid contraindication to vaccine. To verify the validity of medical exemption, call (212) 676 - 2259 </li></ul><ul><li>Chiropractors are not physicians. </li></ul><ul><li>Exemptions written by physicians for their own children are acceptable, but not encouraged, but must meet criteria. </li></ul>
    23. 23. Immunization Exemptions <ul><li>Religious Exemption – </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health Law Section 2164 defines a religious exemption as a written and signed statement from the parent(s) or guardian of the child stating that they hold sincere and genuine religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices of immunization. The principal or person in charge may require supporting documentation. The parent(s)/guardian may hold personal religious beliefs separate from their religious affiliation. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Immunization Exemptions <ul><li>Religious Exemption (cont’d) – </li></ul><ul><li>Public Schools refer to the State Education Department web site http://www.schoolhealthservicesny.com/laws_ guidelines.cfm or call 518-486-6090 for religious exemption guidelines and form. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is recommended that non-public schools also utilize the State Education Department religious exemption guidelines and form. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Please contact The Department Education [Julia Sykes (212) 374 – 2144], for all questions regarding the usage of the religious exemption forms. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religious exemption guidelines and form are available from the above listed web site. </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Immunization Exemptions <ul><li>Religious Exemption (Cont’d) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An approved hard copy of the religious exemption must remain on file in the students cumulative record, as well as in the student health record. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A religious exemption must be written for an individual, not one for several family members. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In accordance with a Supreme Court ruling, a school must grant an individual the right to apply for a religious exemption, but the school does not have to accept it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NYS does not allow for philosophical exemptions. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>The principal or person in charge is required to exclude (not permit the child/student to attend school until the child/student receives the required vaccinations) any child/student who : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lacks an immunization record unless he/she has a medical or religious exemption. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fails to provide the school with proof of immunity within 1 4 days of school entry. A student transferring from out-of-state or from another country have up to 30 days. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any child/student who has exceeded the 14 or 30 day period and who is not in process of completing immunizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must notify the local public health officer of the exclusion and give child’s name and address. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It is generally assumed that the 14 and 30 days are calendar days. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>EXCLUSION REQUIREMENTS
    27. 27. List of Students That Need to be Excluded In Case of an Outbreak <ul><li>Maintain a list of all children/students without proof of immunization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Those without an immunization record on file </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Those with a religious or medical exemption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Those who are in the process of receiving the required immunizations </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. Projected Immunization Requirements <ul><li>2 doses of Varicella vaccine for grades K-12 </li></ul>
    29. 29. Contact Information <ul><li>New York City Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Betty Sanchez , Principal Administrative Associate Sharon Spence , Public Health Epidemiologist </li></ul><ul><li>(212) 676 – 2306 (212) 676 - 2272 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> Fax : (212) 676 - 2300 </li></ul><ul><li>N.Y.C.D.H.M.H – Bureau of Immunization, Program Support Unit </li></ul><ul><li>2 Lafayette St. 19 th floor </li></ul><ul><li>New York, N.Y. 10007 </li></ul><ul><li>New York State Contact Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Robin S. Gross , Public Health Representative 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New York State Department of Health, Immunization Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metropolitan Regional Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>90 Church St. 12 th floor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New York, N.Y. 10007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(212) 417 – 4897 Fax: (212) 417 – 4893 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. QUESTIONS?

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