New York State Health Law
NY Public Health Law 2164 mandates the vaccination of children before they will be admitted to school.
NY Public Health Law 2165 requires vaccination of certain post-secondary (college) students.
To read the full text of NY vaccine Laws and regulations, go to the New York State Legislature page at
Click the "Laws" drop-down and select "Laws of New
Scroll down to and click the "PBH" (Public Health) link.
Scroll down to "Article 21" and click "Title 6 (2160 - 2168) Poliomyelitis and Other
Click "2164" for "Definitions; immunization against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), pertussis, tetanus, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease, and Hepatitis
Click "2165" for Immunization of "certain post-secondary
. . .
Other related NY vaccination-
"Immunizations; prohibition on the use
of mercury" - Limits amount of mercury in vaccines given
to pregnant women and children under 3 years.
Care and Employee Immunization Act (PBH
"Articles" 2190 - 2196)
NY Requirements for Vitamin K & Eye Drops at Birth
New York Vaccination Basics A few things every NY parent should know and think about.
search on NY State Education Department website yields court decisions, guidelines and other interesting info.
From the NYS Education Department website
"In order to encourage consistent handling of requests for religious exemption from student immunization requirements in school districts, the Department has collaborated with the State Department of Health and statewide educational, health, and labor organizations to develop guidance as well as an exemption request form."
2006 NYSED memo to Superintendents of Schools, District Superintendents, Presidents of Boards of Education provides guidance to school district officials on how to implement the religious exemption from student immunization requirements.
NYS Education Department page contains links to:
- Request for Religious Exemption to Immunization Form
District Procedures for Implementing Requests for Religious Exemption to Immunization
(Note: If the link to the memo page does not work, go to www.emsc.nysed.gov
and search on "vaccination exemption" or other related
Vaccination bills introduced in
Archive of Vaccination Bills Submitted to NYS Legislature
past and present
The Wexler Decision ruled
religious exemption solely to "bona fide members of a recognized religious organization"
was unconstitutional. The full text of the decision is
presented, including the reasoning as to why
one family received the exemption and another did not.
Judge's ruling and letter from Vatican
support extending religious exemption coverage to parochial schools.
Claiming a Religious Exemption Jessicca Hall
Defining My Spirituality Jessicca Hall
New York State Constitution - Section 3: Religious Freedom
Personal Religious Beliefs - magazine
article/interview with James Filenbaum, the lawyer who won New York decision regarding
Who To Contact Addresses for NY State and
US government officials
What You Can Do to protect your children and change the
Chickenpox vaccination is now required
by NY lawmakers, who passed this law despite the call for public hearings.
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How a Bill Becomes a Law in New York State State Assembly site diagrams the process.
Why There is a Need for Natural Immunity Legislation
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