Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires that all students who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1957 who plan to register for at least 6 or more credits will be required to provide the college with proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella, or obtain an exemption for religious or medical reasons. Students will not be able to register for courses without proof of immunization. According to the New York State Department of Health, students registered for online courses only and who do not meet at one of our locations across the state do not have to comply with these requirements. 

New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires colleges and universities to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to all students, regardless of age. 

Meningococcal Disease Fact Sheet  

Empire State College is required to maintain a record of the following for each student:

  • a response to receipt of meningococcal meningitis disease and vaccine information signed by the student or the student's parent or guardian; AND, EITHER
  • self-reported or parent recall of meningococcal meningitis immunization within the past 10 years; or
  • an acknowledgement of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of meningococcal meningitis immunization signed by the student or student's parent or guardian.

Complete and return the Student Immunization Record Form (PDF  72kB)

Information about Meningococcal Meningitis

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 permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, limb amputation and even death. According to the National Meningitis Association (NMA):

  • Approximately 600 – 1,000 people contract meningococcal disease in the U.S. each year.
  • Of those who get meningococcal disease, 10-15 percent die.
  • Among those who survive, approximately one in five live with permanent disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, loss of kidney function or limb amputations. 

Health officials recommend routine vaccination against four of five major meningococcal disease serogroups. If you wish to receive the meningococcal meningitis vaccine, contact either your private health care provider or your local county Department of Health.

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