Student Life

Immunizations

New York State Requirements

New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires all NYS college/seminary students born after 1956, taking 6 credit hours or more, provide evidence of protection against measles, mumps and rubella. Proof can be demonstrated in the following ways: documentation of 2 doses of measles and one dose each of mumps and rubella vaccine; documentation of two MMRs (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine given at least 28 days apart; physician documented history of the disease (not acceptable for rubella); or serologic evidence of immunity - titer tests (blood tests) showing proof of immunity from these diseases are also acceptable. Persons born prior to 1/1/57 are exempt from this requirement. (Page 4 of the Health History form)

NY State Public Health Law 2167 (REGARDLESS OF AGE) requires either proof of meningococcal vaccine or a signed declination statement. (Pages 2 & 4 of the Health History form)

NYS requires all colleges to distribute information regarding meningococcal meningitis disease (attached to health history form). Although this vaccine is not required for college attendance in NYS, it is highly recommended.

Your physician, school, and previous college are often the best source for immunization records. Also, military and employment records are acceptable; however, these records may not satisfy all requirements.

It is RWC policy that all new students undergo a physical examanition by their primary care doctor before entering college (see page 3 of the Health History form).

If required documentation to Health Center is not submitted by 30 days after the start of the semester, exclusion process from college premises will be enforced as mandated by NYS Public Health Law 2165 & 2167.

Exceptions

A student may be exempt from either or all of the required immunizations for medical or religious reasons. Certified documentation must be submitted to the Health Center.

  • Students who were born prior to January 1, 1957, are exempt from the MMR requirement.
  • The law does not apply to students enrolled for fewer than six semester hours
  • Proof of honorable discharge from the armed services within ten years from the date of application to RWC qualifies as a certificate enabling a student to attend classes pending actual receipt of immunization records from the armed services.