Student Handbook - Immunization Policy


Health Immunization

Purpose

  • To comply with New York State Public Health Law §2165 which requires all students taking six (6) semester hours or more in a degree granting program to provide proof of immunization to measles, mumps, and rubella;
  • To comply with New York State Public Health Law §2167 which requires the distribution of information to students regarding meningitis and all students taking six (6) credits or more in a degree granting program to provide a signed response regarding receipt of such information.

To Whom The Policy Applies

This policy applies to all newly admitted students and transfer students.

Policy Statement

New York State law and/or Union College requires that all newly admitted students and transfers:

  • Provide the College with certification from a health care provider or other acceptable evidence that they have received immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella with vaccines that met the standards for such biological products that have been approved by the United States Public Health Service and the New York State Department of Health; or evidence of immunity by history of disease or serological evidence.
  • Receive information from the College about meningococcal meningitis and meningitis immunization (see attached “What You Need to Know – Meningococcal Vaccine” from the New York State Department of State), and complete a meningococcal meningitis response form certifying that they have received the information and have been immunized with the Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, quadravalent (MCV4).  They will have received either 2 doses, the first at age 13-15 with a booster at age 16-18 or a single dose at age 16 or older. These recommendations are the most recent from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and are approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  They went into effect December 21, 2010. The parent or guardian of students under the age of 18 must make the certification on behalf of the students.  The Immunization Record Form (see attached) provides the information and requests certification outlined in Section C(1) and (2) of this Policy and must be completed by all newly admitted students.
  • Union College further requires all newly admitted students and transfers must provide evidence of vaccination with two (2) doses of the combined measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, if not immune by history of disease or laboratory titer.
  • All newly admitted students and transfers must complete the health requirements listed at http://www.union.edu/offices/health-counseling/health/requirements/index.php
  • All newly admitted students and transfers must provide evidence of vaccination for meningococcal meningitis.

Compliance Deadlines

  • Any student entering the College who has failed to complete the Health Center forms listed on the Health Requirements checklist by August for the Fall Term, by week five of the Fall Term for Winter Semester, and by week five of the Winter Term for the Spring Term, will be notified of the necessity to comply with both the immunization laws and the College policy.  Those students will be informed of how they can come into compliance with these requirements and, in particular, be advised that measles, mumps, rubella, and meningitis immunization may be administered without charge by the health officer of the county where the student resides or in which the College is located.
  • Students attending classes more than thirty (30) days from the first day of scheduled classes for that semester without having complied with these requirements, will be subject to being de-enrolled from classes and/or prohibited from entering any campus buildings and facilities, including College residence halls until they have submitted the required documentation or can provide a valid reason (as set forth below in this Policy statement) for non-compliance.
  • New students from outside New York State or outside the United States, who can show that they have made a good faith effort to comply with this Policy, will have forty-five (45) days from the start of the semester to fulfill the requirements.  Any such students who fail to comply with the Policy will be de-enrolled from classes and prohibited from entering any campus buildings or facilities, including College residence halls, until compliance has been confirmed. 

Exception To Immunization Requirement 

The exceptions to Section C requirements concerning immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella are as follows:

  • If a licensed physician or nurse practitioner certifies that such immunization is detrimental to the student’s health or otherwise medically contraindicated;
  • If immunization is contrary to the student’s genuine and sincere religious beliefs; OR
  • If a student is born prior to January 1, 1957; that student does not need to provide proof of immunization to measles, mumps, and rubella because they are considered to have developed immunity.

Procedures

The Health Center provides each new student who has paid a deposit to attend Union College and each returning student who is not in compliance with any aspect of this Policy all the information, and instructions necessary to come into compliance. This information can be found on our website at

http://www.union.edu/offices/health-counseling/health/requirements/

Any questions about this policy or procedures should be addressed to:

Angela Stefanatos FNP-BC
Health Center Director
Wicker Wellness Center
Union College
518-388-6120
stefanaa@union.edu