NYS to Require Meningococcal Vaccine for Students Meningococcal disease, a life-threatening illness, is caused by bacteria spread person-to-person. It is easily spread in crowded settings and most often strikes older teens and young adults. The New York State Department of Health is now requiring students entering 7th and 12th grades for the 2016-17 school year to receive the meningococcal vaccine before starting school. Without it, they can’t start school.
To discover more about the requirements and vaccine, download the NYS DoH flier or visit health.ny.gov/immunize