Immunization Information

Empire State University'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 born on or after Jan. 1, 1957, registered for 6 or more credits of coursework such as independent study, study group or residency, provide the university with proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella, or obtain an exemption for religious or medical reasons.

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 record and/or response for each student.

Empire State University student enrollment records are subject to audit each term for immunization compliance. All students who meet this requirement in any given term will be notified by email and will not be able to register for future courses without proof of immunization.

Information about Meningococcal Meningitis

Meningitis is rare. 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. You can find additional information on the Meningococcal Disease Fact Sheet.

To comply, review Empire State University Immunization Requirement

Adult Immunization Information

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 your private health care provider or your county Department of Health

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