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From the NYC DOHMH re: Influenza Regulation
Posted on 12/21/2015
As of December 16, 2015 the rule requiring “children age 6 to 59 months to be immunized each year before December 31 against influenza with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…” is no longer in effect.
However, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene strongly recommends the flu vaccine for all New Yorkers, especially those 6 through 59 months of age to protect children and the community. Influenza kills an average of 24,000 people each year in the United States, and the virus is spread easily in child care settings to children and their families. Influenza vaccination saves lives and protects New York City children from this potentially severe disease.
All children in child care must continue to have complete age appropriate medical evaluations and must be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, pneumococcal disease and haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). The detailed immunization requirements can be found at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/sch-med-req.pdf
Be reminded that the annual New York State Department of Health Online Immunization School Assessment Survey (OSAS) is due in March. To verify the vaccination status of children in your center, you may register for access to the Citywide Immunization Registry. Having access to the Citywide Immunization Registry may help you complete this survey in a timely manner and remain in compliance with Article 47.