Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The New York State Department of Health revised its immunization requirements for school attendance.
This update was the first change made in over a decade.
The new requirements have not added new vaccines. However, they have changed the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between those doses.
These will apple to daycare, head start, nursery, pre-kindergarten, and grades K through 12.
This change went into effect so that the state's requirements are consistent with the most current childhood recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Health officials said it is extremely important to provide immunity to these serious disease because they can expose kids to potentially life-threatening illnesses.
"We are seeing some breakthrough disease,” said Immunization Coordinator for Broome County, Stacey Bender. “There have been a lot of cases of measles this year; nationally over 500 cases. And we want to make sure children are protected in the best way possible and what the research shows to be the most effective."
Students entering kindergarten or 6th grade in the 2014-2015 school year will now be required to have two doses of the chicken pox vaccine.
In addition, they must have three to five doses of poliomyelitis vaccine.
The updated varicella (chicken pox) and polio vaccination requirements will be phased in over the next seven years.
These will be required for all grades by the 2020-2021 school year.
Students may present proof of immunity by blood test for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella, and poliomyelitis.
Any child who has been vaccinated according to the ACIP recommendations does not need further vaccinations in order to attend day care or school.