Immunization Requirements

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Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires all college students born on or after January 1, 1957 to provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella. Students who fail to complete this requirement will not be permitted to attend classes if immunization information is not submitted within 30 days of the first day of classes. They will also not be allowed to register for subsequent classes.

The following immunizations are required of every student born on or after January 1, 1957

MEASLES - TWO doses of LIVE measles vaccine administered after 12 months of age, physician documentation of measles disease, or a blood test showing immunity. Immunizations prior to January 1, 1968 must be documented as being a live vaccine in order to be valid

MUMPS - ONE dose of LIVE mumps vaccine administered after 12 months of age, physician documentation of mumps disease, or a blood test showing immunity.

RUBELLA - ONE dose of LIVE rubella vaccine administered after 12 months of age, or a blood test showing immunity.

Measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations are given free of charge for qualified students at the Student Health Center. Please call (716) 880-2112 to arrange an appointment.

New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires colleges and universities to distribute information about the meningococcal meningitis disease and vaccination to all students. The college is required to keep a record of immunization within the past ten years, or an acknowledgement of the receipt of information about the disease risk, and refusal of the meningococcal meningitis immunization signed by the student.

Meningitis is rare. However, when it strikes, its flu-like symptoms make diagnosis difficult. If not treated early, meningitis can lead to swelling of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal column as well as severe and permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, limb amputation and even death.

Cases of meningitis among teens and young adults 15 to 24 years of age (the age of most college students) have more than doubled since 1991. The disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year and claims about 300 lives. Between 100 and 125 meningitis cases occur on college campuses and as many as 15 students will die from the disease.

A vaccine is available that protects against four types of the bacteria that cause meningitis in the United States æ types A, C, Y and W-135. These types account for nearly two thirds of meningitis cases among college students. Students wishing to receive the vaccine may do so at the Erie County Medical Center Travel and Occupational Health Clinic located at 462 Grider St., Buffalo, NY 14215 for a cost of $141.00. Appointments may be made by calling (716) 898-4153.

Please review the information about meningococcal meningitis PDF, and then complete the online meningitis response form and return it to the Health Center as soon as possible.

Students who fail to complete this requirement will not be permitted to attend classes if this information is not submitted within 30 days of the first day of classes. They will also not be allowed to register for subsequent classes.

Immunization Record Form

If you need an immunization record PDF form. Immunization records will be kept on file for ten years and then destroyed. Students may obtain a copy of their immunization record by submitting written request to the Health Center secretary. Our immunization release form PDF is also available.

Tetanus Vaccination

A recent tetanus vaccination is a requirement of the Veterinary Technician Program and qualified students may receive it at the Student Health Center for a $20 charge. Students should contact the Health Center to schedule an appointment.

Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccinations are available at a clinic at each of the campuses during the Fall semester. The date and time of the clinic at each campus will be posted well in advance. Many insurances are accepted for payment although co-payments or deductibles may apply. For those insurances not accepted, cash or check will be required at the time of the clinic.

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