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Welcome to the updated Immunization Page!
In an effort to consolidate and organize the rapidly changing information on vaccinations for children, this page has been re-organized to make it easier to navigate.  The main areas may be reached by using the links on the left.  Important new links will be listed below.

AAP District II is consolidating vaccine information so that it is not duplicated on the Chapter web sites.  If you have arrived here by using a link from a New York Chapter web site, you may return by clicking here or on the links to the left.  

If you would like to follow current pending legislation regarding immunizations, click on this link, then click on the New York area.

Immunize NY!
Spring/Summer 2011

American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Information

Vaccinating Women of Reproductive Age

The NYS Department of Health Immunization Program has recently developed the above document which outlines the guidelines for immunizing women before, during and after pregnancy.  It was developed based on current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

In the single pdf file, you will find the following:

  • An introductory letter

  • Guidelines document

  • A 1-page CDC reference chart entitled "Immunization & Pregnancy"

  • Frequently Asked Questions about New York State Public Health Law 2112

NYS Public Health Law 2112 for Children Less Than Three Years of Age and Pregnant Women

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NYSIIS (NY State Immunization Information System)
(aka - Immunization Registry)

NYSIIS Home Page
NYSIIS Frequently Asked Questions
PowerPoint presentation on the NYSIIS
Letter to Notify Parents About NYSIIS
(and en espanol)
Frequently Asked Questions by Parents
NYSIIS Summer 2010 Newsletter

     NYSIIS was developed as required under Article 21, Title 6, Section 2168 of the Public Health Law.  This law, which took effect January 1, 2008, mandates health care providers to report all immunizations administered to persons less than 19 years of age to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).  The law also requires that immunization histories of all persons less than 19 years of age who receive vaccines after January 1, 2008 also be recorded in NYSIIS, if those histories have not already been reported. 

     The Public Health Law provided a two year implementation period to enable providers to be phased in through continuous regional roll out.  Between 2008 and 2010 multiple training opportunities and methods were available to all providers statewide.  It is important to note that those who are not currently participating are out of compliance with the legislative mandate.  Failure to comply with public health law may result in monetary penalties.  It is imperative that any provider organization that has not yet attended training or begun reporting to NYSIIS take the necessary steps to do so by reviewing the contents of this letter.  Classroom trainings will continue to be available regionally September through December 2011.  Classroom training sessions as well as live webinar trainings have been scheduled through 2011.  In addition, recorded webinar trainings and self-guided online tutorials are continuously available for use at your convenience.

      There is a lot of information on the Health Commerce System (HCS) NYSIIS page, especially under "Training Information" and "Information for Providers."  Please visit frequently! 
NYSIIS Training Schedule for September - December, 2011

       Access to the NYSIIS will be through the HCS, so it is important to sign up to the network in advance.  

     The NYSIIS team is pleased to announce that development of the NYSIIS Online Self-Guided Training Tutorials is now complete!  The NYSIIS tutorials were designed as a complement to both the classroom and webinar training methods.  These tutorials offer training participants more training flexibility and an opportunity to review specific functions and concepts as needed.  There are 10 self-paced tutorials that demonstrate the core functions for utilizing NYSIIS.

     The Self-Guided Training Tutorials link can be accessed from the NYSIIS Training page on the Health Commerce System: 

Below is a list of the topics available for viewing:

  • Tutorial 1: Accessing NYSIIS & Verifying Organizational Information
  • Tutorial 2: Adding New Users
  • Tutorial 3: Searching for a Patient
  • Tutorial 4: Entering a New Patient
  • Tutorial 5: Viewing the Immunization History and Recommendation Screen
  • Tutorial 6: Adding Immunizations
  • Tutorial 7: Generating Patient Specific Reports
  • Tutorial 8: Setting Up the NYSIIS Inventory Module
  • Tutorial 9: Entering Schools, Providers, and Clinicians
  • Tutorial 10: Generating Reminder/Recall Letters
  • Tutorial 11: Ad Hoc Report
  • Tutorial 12: Assessment Report
  • Tutorial 13: Benchmark Report


The recorded version of NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization's Immunization Pot Luck - Ask the Experts webinar held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 is now available for viewing.  This link will take you to the NYSDOH Immunization Update Webinar Series web page where you will find the program and how to access it.  On this web page are past webinars that may also be of interest to your members.

This webinar is different from others we've done.  A while ago we sent an email out to those who have participated in past webinars and asked them for questions.  Those questions (which cover a number of different immunization topics) and their answers are presented in this webinar.

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New York State Education Department Health Appraisal Form
Revised October, 2007, for:

  • New school entrants

  • Students in grades Kindergarten, 2, 4, 7 and 10

  • Sports

  • Working papers

  • Triennially for the Committee on Special Education (CSE)

New York State Insurance Mandate
[from the New York State Insurance Department Circular No. 13 (2006]

Based on the recommendation of the Commissioner of Health, the (Insurance) Department  has determined that covered necessary immunizations under the law are those recommended by the ACIP, and should the ACIP amend its recommendations, ...HMOs will take the necessary steps to provide coverage in accordance with the ACIP revised schedule, effective as of the date of the change.  

               Please direct any questions concerning the Circular Letter to:
Deborah A. Kozemko, J.D.
Supervising Insurance Attorney
New York State Insurance Department
One Commerce Plaza
Albany, NY   12257

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Vaccine Shortages (posted 9/3/2010)

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Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)

CDC's Vaccine Information Statements website page (provides downloadable VIS statements and a link to VISs in other languages): on "Get Email Updates" and receive emails from the CDC whenever a VIS is updated.

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