Reminder: Meningococcal vaccine required for grades, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12

Parents: All kids entering 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th grades must have the
meningococcal vaccine. Without it, they can’t start school.

About the Vaccine:

  • It’s not a new vaccine. It’s been recommended for a decade.
  • Most parents already choose to vaccinate their children.
  • The meningococcal vaccine has been required for school entry since Sept. 1, 2016.

About Meningococcal Disease:

  • It causes bacterial meningitis and other serious diseases.
  • Teens and young adults are at greater risk.
  • It comes on quickly and without warning.
  • Its symptoms are similar to the flu.
  • Every case of this disease can result in death or long-term disability.

Check with your doctor. Even kids who have had a shot before may need a booster to start school.

To learn more, visit health.ny.gov/immunize.