Vaccinations Required for School Attendance

Health commissioner reminds families of back to school immunizations.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein remind families that updating children's vaccinations should be added to their back-to-school list. In order to be fully protected, students should have all the appropriate vaccinations for their age.

The following schedule ensures that children meet New York State school immunization requirements and are protected against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b, polio, pneumococcal disease and chickenpox.





(Day Care, Nursery, Head Start, or Pre-K)


School (K-12)

Diphtheria Toxoid-Containing Vaccine

3 doses

3 doses

Tetanus Toxoid-Containing Vaccine and Pertussis Vaccine (DTaP, DTP)

3 doses if born on or after 1/1/2005

3 doses, if born on or after 1/1/2005

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Booster (Tdap)

Not applicable

Born on or after 1/1/1994 and enrolling in grades 6 through 10 for the 2012-2013 school year

1 dose

Polio (IPV or OPV)

3 doses

3 doses

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

1 dose

2 doses of measles-containing vaccine and 1 dose each of mumps and rubella (preferably as MMR)

Hepatitis B

3 doses

3 doses

Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib)

3 doses if less than 15 months of age or 1 dose administered on or after 15 months of age

Not applicable

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)

Born on or after 1/1/2008

4 doses by 15 months of age,

given at age-appropriate times and intervals

Not applicable

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Born on or after 1/1/2000

Born on or after 1/1/1998 or born on or after 1/1/1994 and enrolling in grades 6 through 12 for the 2012-2013 school year

1 dose

In addition to the immunizations required by day cares, nursery, pre-kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, the following are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: influenza, meningococcal, rotavirus, hepatitis A, and human papilloma virus vaccines. These groups also recommend additional doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, mumps, rubella, polio, haemophilus influenzae type b, and varicella vaccines. Some of these may be obligatory for enrollment in post-secondary schools or health care training programs.

New York State’s Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provides required vaccines to health care providers at no cost for uninsured children and those whose health insurance does not cover childhood immunizations.

Nassau County Department of Health also reminds adults that they never outgrow the need for vaccines. The specific immunizations needed are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, presence of high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunization history.

For additional information, contact your health care provider or call the Nassau County Department of Health Immunization Hotline weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at (516) 227-9416

Anna August 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Why on earth are we bombarding our kids with all these vaccines?!! Nature provided for children's immune systems to develop naturally, but how can they do so when assaulted by all these toxins being injected into them? If anything, vaccines weaken our kids' immune systems. The vaccine schedule today is absolutely horrendous. To all the adults out there. Do you remember ever getting so many vaccines as a child? Are you any worse off for it? I never got half these vaccines as a child and I turned out okay. All these vaccines only help the drug companies; they care NOTHING about your child's health. It's all about profits. So they keep on coming up with all these vaccines (including the horrific HPV vaccine -- research how many teens have died from this -- which may cause infertility). Parents -- please educate yourselves; many of you already have. You are only being given ONE side of the story. You owe it to yourselves and your children to research BOTH sides of the issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics and all these other organizations are nothing but water carriers for the drug companies. Also, there is NO law that says your child must be vaccinated in order to attend school. You can request and fill out a form for exemption. And for all those who say you don't want your children mingling with unvaccinated kids, if anyone should be at risk, wouldn't it be the unvaccinated kids?? After all, if your kids are vaccinated then they're protected, right?
Anna August 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM
All those recent outbreaks of pertussis, measles, etc. that have been blamed on lack of vaccinations? Funny how you never hear that the ones who are getting these illnesses ARE the vaccinated kids. Check out the National Vaccine Information Center -- Barbara Loe Fisher is doing magnificent work there: http://www.nvic.org/ Also, watch this documentary: "The Greater Good" http://www.amazon.com/Greater-Good-Leslie-Manookian/dp/B008CI71RW/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1345213987&sr=1-1&keywords=the+greater+good See the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH7DdnXPm2U&feature=player_embedded
Anna August 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
"The Greater Good is an award winning film by Leslie Manookian, Kendall Nelson and Chris Pilaro that goes beyond the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate. The film re-frames this emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program. American children are now the most vaccinated population on the planet. One would think they would also be the healthiest, but consider these alarming statistics: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 children has a learning disability or behavioral problem, 1 in 9 children is asthmatic, 1 in 110 children suffers from autism, and 1 in 450 is diabetic. Vaccinate? The Greater Good explores this pressing question and sheds light on an issue that is already on the minds of expecting mothers and fathers, grandparents, doctors and healthcare professionals across the country. This film is a character-driven documentary that explores the areas where parenting, modern medicine and states rights clash with politics, group-think and Big Pharma. The film offers parents, doctors and policy-makers a safe space to actively listen to and learn from one another. Mixing verité footage, intimate interviews, 1950s-era government-produced movies and up-to-date TV news reporting, The Greater Good weaves together the stories of families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccination."
M & M August 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Thank you Anna, ..also the people on the board making these vaccine decisions have inve$tments in Merck & all other vaccine co...lets think..polluting our kids or money in their pocket?!...humm
Anna August 21, 2012 at 04:02 AM
You are so right, M & M. It's all about the money. Leslie Manookian, one of the producers of the above-mentioned film, The Greater Good, used to be a top exec at one of the big Wall Street investment firms. In a radio interview she did a few weeks ago, she mentioned that one day the CEO of a big pharmaceutical firm bragged to her that his company was poised to make $8 billion dollars from a drug (not vaccines) that was going to kill a lot of people. Apparently, he thought he was talking to an insider and, obviously, he knew there would be no repercussion from the FDA, which caters to big-pharma.


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