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New York State Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167 require all students attending colleges and universities in New York to demonstrate immunity to measles, mump, rubella and to be educated about meningococcal meningitis.  These laws apply to all students registered for 6 or more credits including undergraduates, graduates, commuters, residents, US citizens, international students, cross registered students, students in online programs with a residency requirement or “modified online” format.

Canisius strictly enforces compliance with these mandates. Students must submit proof of immunity and the meningitis response form to the Student Health Center within thirty days of their first class. Students who do not submit the required information will have their registration cancelled, be excluded from class, removed from college housing and prohibited from further registration at Canisius.

Full time students, click here to download the physical examination and immunization form.

Part time undergraduate, and all graduate students, click here for the immunization form.

Submit your meningitis response form online here

Proof of Immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella

Proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella is required for students born on or after January 1, 1957.

If you were born before January 1, 1957 you do not need to submit immunization records for measles, mumps or rubella. You do however need to complete the meningitis response form listed below.

Measles

Acceptable proof of immunity to measles (Rubeola) is one of the following:
  • Two doses of live measles vaccine. 
    The first vaccine must have been received on or after the first birthday and the second after 15 months of age. There must be a minimum interval of at least 28 days between the first and second doses of vaccine. The immunization records must be specific enough to determine that the vaccine was given on or after the first birthday.  For example, if a record shows an immunization given 3/71, and the student's date of birth is 3/16/70, the exact date of immunization must be given to assure that the vaccine was given on or after the first birthday. It is recommended that if a second measles is needed, the student should receive a combined measles, mumps, rubella vaccination also known as MMR vaccine.
  • Serological proof of immunity. 
    This is a blood test, which determines the presence of protective measles antibodies indicative of immunity. All blood tests must be performed by an approved medical laboratory. The presence of protective antibodies constitutes sufficient proof of immunity.  A physician's interpretation of serological results must be submitted to the Student Health Center along with the actual blood test result. A statement from the diagnosing physician that the student had measles disease is also acceptable.
  • Disease date.
    A statement from a diagnosing physician that the student had measles disease and date of disease.
  • Military Waiver.
    Student who have served in the armed forces and received an honorable discharge within 10 years of attendance at Canisius, can submit a copy of their DD214, honorable discharge as proof of vaccination. However, the veteran must send for military vaccination records and attempt to get those records as soon as possible.  In the event of an outbreak of either measles, mumps or rubella, veterans without military vaccination records on file will be excluded from the college.

Students who are unable to prove a first measles immunization can submit documentation that they attended a primary or secondary school in the United States since 1980.  This option requires the student to submit a copy of an official transcript from a primary or secondary institution in the United States as proof of the first measles. The student must then submit a certificate of immunization that documents a second dose of live measles vaccine administered within one year of attendance at Canisius College. Students can receive the second dose in the Student Health Center.

Please note that any measles vaccination given before 1968 is acceptable only if the vaccination record specifies the vaccine administered was live.

Mumps

Acceptable proof of immunity to Mumps is one of the following:
  • A single dose of live mumps vaccine.
    Tha vaccine must have been given after January 1, 1969, and on or after the first birthday.  Records must be specific enough to determine that the vaccine was given on or after the first birthday. For example, if a record shows an immunization given 3/71 and the student's date of birth is 3/16/70, then the exact date of immunization must be checked to assure that the vaccine was administered on or after the first birthday.
  • Serological proof of immunity to mumps
    This is a blood test to detect an adequate level of antibodies to mumps disease. The blood test must be done by an approved medical laboratory. The laboratory result and a physician's interpretation of the results must be submitted.
  • Disease date.
    A statement from a diagnosing physician that the student had measles disease and date of disease.
  • Military Waiver.
    Student who have served in the armed forces and received an honorable discharge within 10 years of attendance at Canisius, can submit a copy of their DD214, honorable discharge as proof of vaccination. However, the veteran must send for military vaccination records and attempt to get those records as soon as possible.  In the event of an outbreak of either measles, mumps or rubella, veterans without military vaccination records on file will be excluded from the college.

Rubella

Acceptable proof of immunity to Rubella (German Measles) is one of the following:
  • A single dose of live rubella virus vaccine
    The vaccine must have been given on or after the first birthday, and after January 1, 1969.  Records must be specific enough to determine that the vaccine was given on or after the first birthday. For example, if a record shows an immunization given 3/71, and the student's date of birth is 3/16/70, than the exact date of immunization must be given to assure the vaccine was given on or after the first birthday.
  • Serologic evidence of immunity.
    This is a blood test, which determines the presence of rubella antibodies indicative of immunity.  All blood tests must be performed by an approved medical laboratory. The presence of antibodies at any measurable level constitutes sufficient proof of immunity. A physician's interpretation of serological results must be submitted along with the actual lab result.
  • Military Waiver.
    Student who have served in the armed forces and received an honorable discharge within 10 years of attendance at Canisius, can submit a copy of their DD214, honorable discharge as proof of vaccination. However, the veteran must send for military vaccination records and attempt to get those records as soon as possible.  In the event of an outbreak of either measles, mumps or rubella, veterans without military vaccination records on file will be excluded from the college.

A physician statement of disease history is NOT acceptable for rubella, since rubella rashes resemble rashes of other diseases; it is therefore impossible to reliably diagnose on clinical evidence alone.

Meningitis

All students, registered for 6 or more credits, regardless of birth date, are required to receive information about the risk of meningococcal disease and the benefit of vaccination.  Students are required to read the information and either obtain the meningitis vaccine or sign a vaccine refusal statement within thirty days of first class attendance. Submit your meningitis response form online.

Medical Exemptions

Medical exemptions can be requested by having a New York State licensed physician complete the Medical Exemption Statement. The request must be reviewed and approved by Student Health Center medical staff.

Religious Exemptions

Religious exemptions can be demonstrated by submitting a written and signed statement from the student, or in the event, the student is a minor, from their parents or guardians, that they hold sincere and genuine religious beliefs, which prohibit immunization of the students. This statement must be detailed enough to prove to the College that the beliefs are religious, not philosophical, and sincerely and genuinely held and submitted to the Director of Student Health prior to class attendance. The religious exemption form can be found in the health form section of this web site and must be notarized prior to submission to Student Health

Religious Exemption form for minors (Parents or guardians to complete)

Religious Exemption form for students 18 years and older

Non-Compliant Students Notification Process

Student Health communicates with all students using college e-mail.  The first notification is sent to non-compliant students two weeks after the start of the semester. Weekly e-mail reminders are sent until day 30 of the semester.

After 30 days, non compliant students are notified via college e-mail that their registration has been cancelled, they are excluded from class and must vacate college housing. 

Holds and registration cancellations cannot be lifted until all immunization requirements have been fully met. Academic deans and faculty are notified of non compliant students.

Immunizations Fees

The Student Health Center does offer immunizations on campus for a fee. The vaccinations offered include Meningococcal Vaccine, Tetanus/Diptheria/pertussis (Tdap), and Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR).