Attendance Requirements

A condition of attendance at a post-secondary institution (Niagara University) regarding immunization for measles, mumps, rubella and meningococcal disease in accordance with New York State Department of Health PHL Section 2165 (measles, mumps and rubella), New York State Department of Health PHL Section 2167 (meningococcal disease) are as follows:

Requirements for Attendance

  1. Complete online medical forms. Students must submit their required forms directly online at www.niagara.edu/required-student-health-forms,  and then choose undergraduate or graduate forms.  
  2. Proof of TWO Measles Vaccinations
    Students born on or after Jan. 1, 1957, must submit proof of immunity to measles. Only one of the following is required:
    • The student must submit proof of two (2) doses of live measles vaccine: the first dose given no more than 4 days prior to the student's first birthday and the second at least 28 days after the first dose; or
    • The student must submit serological proof of immunity to measles. This means the demonstration of measles antibodies through a blood test performed by an approved medical laboratory: or
    • The student must submit a statement from the diagnosing physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner that the student has had measles disease: or
    • 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: or
    • If a student is unable to access his/her immunization record from a health care provider or previous school, documentation that proves the student attended primary or secondary school in the United States after 1980 will be sufficient proof that the student received one dose of live measles vaccine. If this option is used, the second dose of measles vaccine must have been administered within one year of attendance at a post-secondary institution.
  3. Proof of Mumps Vaccinations
    Students born on or after Jan. 1, 1957, must submit proof of immunity to mumps. Only one of the following is required:
    • The student must submit proof of one dose of live mumps vaccine given no more than four (4) days prior to the student's first birthday: or
    • The student must submit serological proof of immunity to mumps. This means the demonstration of mumps antibodies through a blood test performed by an approved medical laboratory, or
    • The student must submit a statement from the diagnosing physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner that the student has had mumps disease; or
    • 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 service.
  4. Proof of Rubella Vaccination
    Students born on or after Jan. 1, 1957, must submit proof of immunity to rubella. Only one of the following is required:
    • The student must submit proof of one dose of live rubella vaccine given no more than four (4) days prior to the student's first birthday; or
    • The student must submit serological proof of immunity to rubella. This means the demonstration of rubella antibodies through a blood test performed by an approved medical laboratory (Since rubella rashes resemble rashes of other diseases, it is impossible to diagnose reliably on clinical grounds alone. Serological evidence is the only permissible alternative to immunization); or
    • 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 service.
  5. Proof of Meningococcal Vaccination/Disease
    New York State PHL Section 2167 requires post-secondary institutions to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to the students, or parents or guardians of students under the age of 18. The institution is required to maintain a record of the following for each student:
    • Certificate of Immunization for meningococcal meningitis disease: or
    • A response to receipt of meningococcal meningitis disease and vaccine information signed by the student or the student's parent or guardian: AND EITHER
    • Self reported or parent recall of meningococcal meningitis immunization within the past 10 years; or
    • An acknowledgement of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of meningococcal meningitis immunization signed by the student or student's parent or guardian. Click here for waiver.
  6. Physical Examination (undergraduates only) dated within one year prior to entering classes. This form can be downloaded here.  
  7. TB Screen (all students)
    • Undergraduates:  Found on physical examination form and must be filled out/signed by a medical provider.
    • Graduates: Complete online when submitting the online medical forms. Be sure to answer BOTH questions 1 & 2.
  8. Complete N.U. Disability Services Student intake form if applicable at www.niagara.edu/required-student-health-forms.
    • Under Required Medical Forms, click on online disability services request form.
  9. International Students:   Proof of adequate insurance is required.  

Important - Please Review

All international students will automatically be enrolled in the 2014-15 United Healthcare Plan, the university-sponsored insurance plan if the necessary paperwork is not received by the first day of school. Enrollment rates and plan information for 2014-15 will be available after Aug. 1, 2014.  This fee will be non-refundable. This will ensure that all international students will have appropriate medical coverage on the first day of classes.

New York Vaccines for Children (NY VFC) Program Free vaccine is available through the NY VFC program.

College students age 18 or under are eligible to receive free vaccine if they are:

  • Medicaid/Medicaid managed care enrolled;
  • Not insured/have no insurance;
  • American Indian/Alaskan.

For more information about how to register for the VFC program, call 1.800.543.7468.

Immunizations for adults can be administered by: