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Immunizations

Immunization Compliance

Iona College is mandated to comply with New York State Department of Health Public Health Laws regarding immunizations requirements for attendance at post-secondary institution.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

As per New York State Public Health Law 2165, all students, undergraduate, graduate and visiting, born on or after January 1, 1957 enrolled for 6 or more credits must provide the College with documentation of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

Ways to Document Immunity

Vaccine History

Provide a certificate of immunization verifying the date of the disease, or the administered measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines. This includes documents such as:

  • A certificate from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant.
  • An immunization record card signed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant.
  • Immunization certificate from another educational institution which you have attended.
  • A military dependent's vaccine record.
  • The student must submit proof of honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years from the date of application to the institution. The proof of honorable discharge shall qualify as a certificate enabling a student to attend the institution pending actual receipt of immunization records from the armed services.

All immunizations must have been given no more than 4 days prior to the student's first birthday:

  • Live Measles: 2 doses required. Vaccines must have been administered at least 28 days apart.
  • Live Mumps: 1 injection required.
  • Live Rubella: 1 injection required.

Documented History of Illness

If diagnosed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant a history of having had measles and/or mumps is acceptable proof of immunity. The physician or provider must enter the dates of initial diagnosis.

Immunity Proven by Serologic Testing

Blood antibody titer, a blood test may be used to indicate immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Please submit the original dated laboratory report. This report must include laboratory name, the student's name and date of birth, the numerical result(s), and the numerical interpretation ranges.

Meningitis Requirements

New York State Law 2167 requires institutions, including colleges and universities, to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to all students-undergraduate, graduate and visiting-meeting the enrollment criteria, whether they live on or off campus. Please read information provided on link provided and complete Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response Form.

Please note: Iona College adheres to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding meningitis and students living in Residence Hall, and requires all students who will be living in Residence Hall be immunized prior to move in day. For further information please click here.

Exemptions for Immunization Requirements

Medical Exemption

A student with a health condition in which receiving a specific vaccine is contraindicated, a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or licensed midwife caring for a pregnant student must certify in writing the student's condition immunization that may be detrimental, and length of time they may be detrimental for.

In the event of an outbreak, medically exempt individuals will be excluded from classes and on campus for their protection.

Religious Exemption

A student who holds a genuine and sincere religious belief which are contrary to the practice of immunization, must submit their request for exemption in writing and signed by the student if 18 years or older or parent or guardian if under the age of 18. Iona College has the right to request supporting documents be submitted for religious exemptions.

In the event of an outbreak, religious exempt individuals will be excluded from classes and on campus for their protection.

Exclusion

New York State students are given 30 days, and out of state and international students 45 days from the first day of class to comply with New York State Public Health Laws. After this grace period, students will be excluded from attending classes, residing in Residence Hall participating in team sports and other curricular and extra-curricular activities on campus.

Submit Documentation

Submit all immunization documentation to Iona College Student Health Services Office upon acceptance to the College:

  • In person: Student Health Services, 760 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801
  • By mail: Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801
  • By fax: (914) 712-4102
  • By email: Barbara Hadad

Please retain copies of all documentation submitted for your record.