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Child Care and School Immunization Requirements

We would like to make you aware of changes to child care and school immunization requirements in effect for the 2015-16 school year in New York City (NYC). Highlights of the changes are as follows:


·          Students entering grades K through 12 are required to have 2 doses of measles- and mumps-containing vaccines, and 1 dose of rubella-containing vaccine.

·          Students entering grades K, 1, 6 and 7 are required to have 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. One dose of varicella vaccine is required for all other grades.

·          Students entering grades K, 1, 6 and 7 are required to have 4 doses of polio vaccine, unless the 3rd dose was received at 4 years of age or older, in which case only 3 doses are required. Three doses of polio vaccine are required for all other grades.

·          Students entering grades K-5 who are less than 7 years of age are required to have 5 doses of DTaP. Four doses are acceptable if the 4th dose was received at 4 years of age or older and 3 doses are acceptable if the series was started at age 7 years or older. Because DTaP cannot be administered to children after age 6 years, children aged 7 years and older who are not complete should receive a single dose of Tdap and, if additional doses are needed, Td until series completion. 

The full requirements are attached and available at The school requirements are in alignment with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations with respect to number of doses required of each vaccine and the spacing intervals between doses; In most cases, if the CIR record says that a child’s immunization status is up-to-date (UTD), then that child may be considered UTD for school, as well. Alternative schedules and philosophic objections to vaccinations are not allowed. Students who are not in compliance with school immunization requirements will be excluded from school. 

Additional information on the new school requirements, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available at: If you have questions about immunization requirements for school admission, please contact us at (347) 396-2400 or e-mail Thank you for keeping NYC children safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. 


Jane R. Zucker, MD, MSc

Assistant Commissioner 

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Treating Tobacco Use

The New York City Health Department is asking CAMS Members to participate in an interactive online learning module entitled, Treating Tobacco Use. The module aims to enhance provider knowledge on how to effectively assess, counsel and treat tobacco use. As the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., we as health care professionals are in a prime position to help our patient’s successfully quit tobacco, while simultaneously lowering their risk of heart disease, stroke, COPD and other diseases. 

A detailed description of the course is attached, but highlights of the module include:

·         The “5 A’s” model of treating tobacco use

·         Provider/Patient communication techniques

·         Treatment options and guidance, including combination therapy

·         New York State Medicaid Benefits

·         Billing information for smoking cessation counseling


By incorporating this module into your continuing education, providers, including those in training will have the tools and resources needed to counsel and prescribe for tobacco use thereby greatly improving patients’ chances of successfully quitting. For medical residents, this module meets five of six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies and can be placed into your learning management system. For attending providers, the module provides 1 CME credit.

Click here to access the online module and here to access additional provider resources.









Once patients receive treatment, they can also visit and search NYC QUITS to access tools and information on how to quit and stay quit.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to incorporate the learning module into your learning management system, please contact The New York City Health Department at 347-396-4552.



Medical Heroes: CAMS has partnered with HKATV for their new "Medical Heroes" series, which features several Chinese physicians providing valuable health information to our communities. All episodes can be viewed on HKATV's Medical Heroes website.  

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