Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Laws 2165 (MMR) and 2167 (Meningitis) require all college students taking 6 or more credits to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella, and to be informed of the risks of meningococcal meningitis and given the option of being immunized or declining immunization.

  • Students who were born prior to 1957 do not need to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella.
  • Students with medical contraindications to immunization or who have genuine and sincere religious beliefs contrary to immunization will need to contact Student Central for an appropriate waiver.
  • Students under the age of 18, who elect to decline meningitis vaccination at this time, must have the meningitis statement signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Students are required to provide:

MMR (NYS PHL 2165)

  • Proof of 2 measles, 1 mumps, and 1 rubella vaccination, or 2 MMR's, or blood work demonstrating immunity to measles, mumps or rubella.

Meningitis (NYS PHL 2167)

  • Proof of a meningitis vaccine within the past 5 years, or a signed statement declining the meningitis vaccination.
  • The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all first-year college students up to age 21 years should have at least 1 dose of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine not more than 5 years before enrollment, preferably on or after their 16th birthday. 
  • Read the following for important information regarding meningitis:
  • Complete the Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form. The form can be printed and mailed/faxed to Student Central.


The following resources may be used to obtain documents containing evidence of immunity:

  • Prior/Current Health Care Provider
  • Prior/Current High School
  • Prior/Current College
  • Military Records
  • Infant Record Book or Clinic Record Card, if signed by a health care provider

OR you may complete and return the Certificate of Immunization , signed by a health care provider.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) information is part of your early childhood immunization record. Your high school or primary school nurse's office may still retain your records. Students who have attended another college in New York State should contact the college health office of their previous college for immunization records. Schools are only required to maintain immunization records for 10 years after graduation. Immunization information may also be located through a personal physician, military immunization record, and immigration health record. A copy of your infant vaccination record book is acceptable if signed by a health practitioner.

If you are unable to locate your immunization records another option would be to have blood work drawn to show immunity to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR Titer). Students wishing to have blood work drawn should discuss this with his or her personal physician.

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine is recommended but not required. After reading the Communicable Disease Fact Sheet on Meningococcal Meningitis, you may elect to decline immunization at this time, by completing the “Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form” and submitting to Student Central. Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine is available through your personal physician. Meningococcal Meningitis immunization is strongly recommended for those students who plan to reside in on-campus housing.

Any Veteran without immunization information may provide Student Central with a copy of his or her DD-214 demonstrating an honorable discharge within ten years from the date of application to Onondaga Community College. In addition to the DD-214, students must also submit a Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form.

Due Date

All Students must submit required immunization documents within 30 days of the beginning of the semester. Students who are not compliant with this regulation will be restricted from classroom attendance.