SUNY Empire State College's immunization policy is to maintain compliance with New York State Public Health Law 2165 and Law 2167.
NYS 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 in courses such as independent study, study group or residency, provide the college with proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella, or obtain an exemption for religious or medical reasons. All students who meet this requirement will not be able to register for courses without proof of immunization.
NYS Public Health Law 2167 requires colleges and universities to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to all students, regardless of age, and maintain a meningitis vaccination response for each student.
Review, complete and return the Student Immunization Record Form (PDF 81kB)
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):
Health officials recommend routine vaccination against four of five major meningococcal disease serogroups. Additional information can be located on the Meningococcal Disease Fact Sheet
Your county public health office may offer vaccination clinics and immunizations at little or no cost. For more information about the services available to you, or 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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