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  • Immunizations

    Because of past outbreaks of mumps, rubella, and especially measles on college campuses, New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires that all degree-seeking students enrolled at a college or university for six (6) credits or more and born on or after January 1, 1957, provide documentation of their immunizations against measles, mumps, and rubella.

    Students who do not provide documentation, in English, of immunity for these diseases will be prevented from registering.

    Required Immunizations

    • Before registering at The New School, all degree-seeking students enrolled for six (6) credits or more and born on or after January 1, 1957, must provide documentation of their immunizations against measles, mumps, and rubella.
    • Please be sure to provide the dates of these vaccinations along with a medical provider's signature as indicated on the immunization form (PDF).
    • If you have a history of a medically diagnosed case of either the measles or the mumps you will not need to present proof of having received these vaccinations. Documentation must be verified by a medical provider as indicated on the immunization form. This is not the case for rubella.
    • If you are unable to obtain the necessary medical provider signature or immunization documentation, an alternative is to have a Blood Antibody Titer drawn. This lab test measures the level of measles, mumps, and rubella antibodies in your blood. If you choose this option, please attach a copy of the lab results along with the immunization form. Any result other than a positive result will be deemed noncompliant.
    • Students who have attended elementary or secondary school in the United States after December 31, 1980, can submit proof of such attendance (e.g., high school diploma or transcript) as proof of having received one measles virus vaccine only. However, such proof must be accompanied by documentation proving receipt of a second vaccination no more than one year before attendance at The New School.

    Please scan and email to shs@newschool.edu, deliver, fax, or post the signed and completed immunization form together with a copy of all supporting documentation to Student Health Services.

    Student Health Services/Immunization
    The New School
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    New York, NY 10011
    Telephone: 212.229.1671, option 5
    Fax: 212.614.7484
    shs@newschool.edu

    Please note that it takes two to three weeks for our office to receive mail.

    Due Dates

    • Fall semester - July 15
    • Spring semester - December 15

    If you have not submitted your documentation by the due dates listed above, please make sure to submit your documentation by fax to 212.614.7484 or scan it and email it to shs@newschool.edu to prevent complications with your registration.

    Required Meningococcal Vaccines Documentation

    Meningitis is a very serious bacterial disease and New York State public health Law 2167 requires that all degree-seeking students taking six (6) credits at a university or college receive information about it. All students must formally decide to either:

    1. Receive the Meningitis vaccination within thirty (30) days of the date next to their signature on the university Immunization and Meningitis Documentation Form; or
    2. Indicate the date that they have received it in the past; or
    3. Decline receipt of the vaccination after receiving information about the meningococcal disease risks.

    The meningitis vaccine is not required, but is strongly recommended for the following individuals

    • College freshman who are living in the dormitories and are living away from home for the first time.
    • U.S. military.
    • Anyone traveling in parts of the world where meningitis is common. i.e. Africa.
    • Anyone whose spleen has been removed or damaged, and
    • Anyone who has a compromised immune system, i.e. HIV/AIDS, Lupus.
    • Any other adult wishing to decrease risk of meningococcal disease.

    Exemptions

    All students born BEFORE January 1, 1957, are exempt from providing documentation of the measles, mumps, and rubella immunization, however they are required to submit the immunization form with step one completed.

    Online-Only Students

    Online students taking six (6) or more credits do not have to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. However, they are required to submit the immunization form with step one completed every semester.

    Religious Exemption

    The New York State Department of Health states the following with regard to religious exemptions:

    "In order to qualify for religious exemption, a student under 18 years old must submit a written statement signed by his/her parents or guardian stating that they hold religious beliefs contrary to the practice of immunization. Students 18 years or older must submit such a statement themselves to qualify for religious exemption. This statement must describe the beliefs in sufficient detail to permit the institution to determine that:

    The beliefs are religious in nature (not philosophical), and the beliefs are sincerely and genuinely held."

    Medical Exemption

    A student must provide written proof from a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO) stating the receipt of the vaccinations would prove detrimental to the health of the student.

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