The New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires all students
attending colleges and universities in New York State who were born
on or after January 1, 1957, to be immunized against measles,
mumps, and rubella. Documentation of immunization must be completed
no later than 30 days from the first day of classes. Students who
fail to present adequate documentation will face the following
consequences under NYS law:
- Your enrollment will be canceled.
- You will not be permitted to attend any
The financial implications of canceled enrollment are:
- Your financial aid will be adjusted to reflect
no-enrollment status and all aid canceled
- All parent/student loans will go into repayment status
which ultimately may not be reinstated.
Public Health Law 2165 provides that a student may not attend
classes in excess of thirty days without proper immunization
records. The law further states that students who reside out of
state or out of country may not attend the institution in excess of
It is required by law that students receive two doses of the
measles vaccine and one dose of mumps and rubella vaccine. A
dose of live virus measles, mumps and rubella vaccine must be
administered no more than four days prior to a child’s first
birthday, and a second dose of live measles, mumps and rubella
vaccine must be administered no less than 28 days after the first
dose. An immunization given before 1968 is acceptable only if
the immunization record specifies that the vaccine was a live virus
vaccine and was given after the first birthday.
Proof of immunization consists of one of the following:
• A certificate of immunization signed by your health care
• A student health record from a previously attended school,
which properly documents your immunization history.
• Serologic testing for MMR antibodies with laboratory copy of
same is acceptable as proof of immunity.
• Documentation, which proves you have attended primary or
secondary school in the United States after 1980, will be
sufficient proof that you have received one dose of live measles
virus vaccine. You must also provide a certificate of immunization
that documents a dose of measles vaccine was administered within
one year prior to attendance at this post-secondary institution.
Documentation of mumps and rubella vaccines as stated above must
also be provided.
• Documentation verifying your date of birth prior to January
1, 1957 (a copy of your driver's license, birth certificate,
In compliance with New York State Public Health Law 2167 all New
York State colleges and universities must distribute information
about meningoccocal disease and vaccination availability to ALL
enrolled students. A response to receipt of meningoccocal disease
and vaccine information signed by the student or student's parent
or guardian (if student under age 18) is required. Failure to
return this response form no later than thirty days from the first
day of classes will result in student's accounts placed on hold and
the student will not be permitted to register for the following
semester. Public Health Law 2167 provides that a student may not
attend classes in excess of thirty days without proper completion
and submission of the response form to this office.
The immunization form as well as the medical records form and the
meningitis form can be obtained by clicking on Health Forms here or
on the gray navigation bar on the top of this page. A physical
examination is required for all entering students.
Copies of health records including immunization records can be
obtained in this office. You must provide written authorization,
and there is a $5 fee.
Insurance claim forms for all students participating in the
University insurance program can be obtained in this office, or at
and click on St. John's University.