New York State Public Health laws require that all students born on or after January 1, 1957, who wish to enroll for six or more credits in any one semester, provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
(If you require a more accessible version of any of the forms below, please call (845) 341-4870).
Acceptable proof of immunity may be:
- Documentation of live virus vaccine given after 1/1/68 and on or after your first birthday for:
- measles - two doses at least 28 days apart
- mumps one dose
- rubella one dose
- Documentation of physician diagnosed disease and date of diagnosis for measles and mumps only; immunization or a positive titer required for rubella
- Laboratory serologic proof of immunity (positive titer) for measles, mumps and rubella
Most students can obtain their immunization records from other colleges they have attended, their high school health office, or their doctor’s office. The records submitted must be stamped and signed by the issuing office. To obtain your health record from another school (high school or college), please complete the Authorization to Release/Obtain Medical Records and bring, mail, or fax it to the school holding records. It is a good idea to follow up on your request to ensure the records were sent to the Wellness Center, and to verify with the Wellness Center that the records were received.
Students who were immunized in childhood but do not have immunization records must provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella with positive titers.
- Titers are blood tests done at a doctors office.
- Students who do not have a primary care provider can call the Wellness Center for a list of physicians who work with our students at reduced rates.
- The student must submit official lab tests results to the Wellness Center.
- If the blood tests are negative the student will need to be reimmunized.
- Immunizations are not provided on campus. They are available free of charge to prospective college students through the Orange County Department of Health. For a copy of the clinic schedule please call the Wellness Center at 341-4870.
- The student is responsible for all fees related to blood tests and immunizations.
Students who do not comply with immunization requirements may be disenrolled from the college.
In addition, all students, regardless of age, must sign and return the college's Meningitis Response Form (below), indicating they have received the information about meningococcal disease and have either received or waived the vaccine.
Immunization records may be dropped off at the Wellness Center office in Middletown; mailed to SUNY Orange Wellness Center, 115 South St, Middletown, NY 10940; or faxed to 845-341-4872.
Please refer all questions to the Wellness Center at 341-4870 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I obtain a copy of my immunization records from SUNY Orange?Students can obtain a copy of their immunization records in person by visiting the Wellness Center office and providing proof of identification (driver's license, student ID, etc.) At the student's request, records can also be faxed or mailed to any school or employer the student designates at no cost.
Students who cannot come to the Wellness Center office may make their request in writing by completing the Authorization to Release/Obtain Medical Records and mailing it to: SUNY Orange Wellness Center, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940 or faxing it to (845) 341-4872.
Immunization to preventable infectious diseases is an important part of maintaining wellness.
The Orange County Health Department provides several opportunities to protect yourself from a variety of illnesses including:
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles)
- Hepatitis B (free through the OCHD's STI Clinic)
- Hepatitis A
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
Immunization clinics are offered year round for adults and uninsured children in Health Department offices in Middletown, Newburgh, Goshen and Port Jervis. SUNY Orange students may receive immunization for MMR from the OCHD at no cost. All other immunizations are available at cost. Please call for an appointment, identify yourself as a student, and present your previous immunization record. For more information please visit their website.
Immunization Information for Veterans
The New York State Public Health Law, Section 2165 which requires all students prove immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, has been amended. It states that any veteran who has been honorably discharged from the armed services within ten years prior to entry into college, may register for classes without submitting an immunization record when their military records are not immediately available upon presentation of a copy of their honorable discharge (DD214).
While the amendment has been added to the law, the guidelines for interpretation and implementation of the law have not yet been written. It is our understanding that military records often take many months to arrive once requested and often do not contain the specific information we need regarding Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
Therefore, we encourage veterans to explore other avenues of immunization records available to them such as high school and childhood health records. This may at least give partial information about immunizations.
Veterans should be aware that if their record does not fully document adequate immunization, the Department of Health considers them susceptible and they will be withheld from class in the eventuality of an outbreak.
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