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New Health Requirement for children entering 7th and 12th Grades

Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 401 of the Public Health  Law section 2164 to require children entering or attending seventh and twelfth grade on or after September 1, 2016 to receive an adequate dose or doses of vaccine against meningococcal disease.

 Recommendations for meningococcal vaccine are:
- A single dose of vaccine against meningococcal serogroups A, C, W-135, and Y (MenACWY vaccine; brand names Menactra® or Menveo®)  should be administered to all adolescents at age 11 or 12 years.

- A second (booster) does of MenACWY vaccine should be administered at age 16 years. The booster dose is not necessary for adolescents who receive the first dose of MenACWY at 16 years of age or older. (The minimum interval between doses of MenACWY vaccine is 8 weeks.)
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