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Immunizations

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In order to attend classes and to ensure a healthy student community, New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167 and RIT immunization requirements mandate that all students must provide valid proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella; provide documentation of valid meningitis vaccine(s) and to sign the receipt of meningitis information form.

All incoming students born on or after January 1, 1957 enrolled in 6 or more credit hours must complete the following:

  • Provide valid proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella in English
  • Read and sign the meningococcal receipt of information section of the immunization form.
  • Proof of meningococcal tetravalent vaccination (MCV-ACYW) on or after student’s 16th birthday.

 Please follow the steps outlined below to complete the five (5) required forms.

Steps for completing Student Health Center required forms PDF 

Student Health Center Check List PDF

 

Detailed Immunization Requirements

All students must comply with New York State and RIT immunization requirements. New York State Law mandates that students will be dis-enrolled from classes if this information is not submitted within the allotted time.

All forms of proof must be in English

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Required MMR

What do I need:

  • Proof of 2 valid MMR vaccines (measles, mumps and rubella) given after first birthday
  • If MMR record not available blood titers for each disease may be submitted

Who is required:

  • All students born on or after 1/1/1957 and enrolled in 6 or more credit hours 

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
  • 1st vaccine must be given after first birthday
  • Must be in English
  • Dates verified by health care provider or school official
Required Meningococcal Receipt of Information Signature (located on Immunization Form)

What do I need:

  • Read and sign the meningitis receipt of information section of the Immunization form

Who is required:

  • All students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
Required Meningococcal Meningitis (A,C,Y,W)

What do I need:

  • Proof of meningococcal tetravalent vaccination (MCV - ACYW)) on or after age 16

Who is required:

  • All students age 21 or younger
  • Enrolled in 6 or more credit hours
  • Due before the start of classes
  • Verification of date by health or school official
Recommended Hepatitis B

What do I need:

  • Series of three vaccines               

Who is required:

  • Athletes

Who is recommended:

  • All students

Additional Information:

  • Must be in English
  • Verification of dates by health or school official
Recommended Tetanus

What do I need:

  • Booster within last 10 years
  • Tdap vaccination is recommended for the booster to provide protection against pertussis

Who is required:

  • All students
  • Must be in English
  • Verification of dates by health or school official
Recommended HPV (Gardasil 9)

What do I need:

  • Series of 3 valid doses over 6 months

Who is required:

  • Women and men ages 9-26

Additional Information:

  • Protects against 9 types of HPV - the virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer.

 

Recommended Influenza

What do I need:

  • 1 dose annually

Who is required:

  • All students, especially those with a chronic illness or a condition/medication that affects the immune system.

Additional Information:

  • Usually available seasonally in the Student Health Center for a fee.
Recommended Pneumococcal Vaccine (Pneumovax)

What do I need:

  • 1 valid dose

Who is required:

  • Students with cochlear implants
  • Some students with heart disease or weakened immune system
Recommended Varicella

What do I need:

  • 2 valid doses 4-8 weeks apart              

Who is required:

  • Students who have not had chicken pox.
Medical Exemption Requirements

Additional Information:

  • Sufficient documentation must be submitted by the student's medical provider including reason for contraindication and end date if applicable or other documents.
  • You may request form from Student Health Center
Religious Exemption Requirements:

Additional Information:

  • You must submit the Request for Religious Exemption Form
  • RIT requires the form to be notarized
  • NY State does not accept philosophical waivers
RIT Employees and Family Members:

If you take 6 or more credit hours at RIT, you are considered students under the NYS Public Health Law 2165/2167.

Therefore, employees and family members must comply with established NYS and RIT immunization requirements regardless of how long you have been associated with RIT.

Veterans:

If you were honorably discharged within 10 years from the date of your application to RIT, you can submit your armed forces official vaccination records as proof of immunization.

If there is a delay in obtaining your official vaccination records, the DD 214 Form (Separation of Service) will enable you to attend classes temporarily.

NOTE: DD 214 does not fulfill the immunization requirements. We must receive your vaccination records.

Online or Off-Campus Program/Major:

ALL courses are completely online or off-campus. You are not subjected to immunization compliance.

If your program is online/off-campus, but you attend an on-campus orientation, on-campus course or other event, you ARE subjected to immunization compliance.