Printable Vaccination Schedule: Breaking Down New York’s Department of Education Immunization Requirements

 

While we are technically out of the “back-to-school” phase of school supplies, shopping, and stress, the first few months of a new school year are always a bit hectic. Between school projects, parent-teacher conferences, and various forms to sign for field trips, after-school activities, and sports, there’s a lot to keep track of. Amidst the autumn school craze, it’s understandable to put immunizations and medical records on the back burner. After all, the rules and regulations for all of the vaccinations that your little one needs can be quite overwhelming, especially if this is their first time at school or child care. Read on as we break down the medical and immunization requirements for NYC kids, according to the NYC Department of Education and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Looking for more information about medical and immunization records? Check out the NYC Department of Education and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene official guidelines.        

Medical Requirements for Child Care and Kids Starting at a NYC School for the First Time

Whether your kids attend public, private, or parochial schools (or child care), they have to submit a report of a physical medical examination. Your little one’s doctor will fill out the official Child Adolescent Health Examination Form, but double check that it includes weight, height, blood pressure, body mass index, vision screening, hearing screening, dental screening, medical history, developmental assessment, and a nutritional evaluation. If your little one already had a physical examination done for child care, all students have to have another one done between the ages of 5 and 6, since kids grow so fast! For little ones entering child care, they also have to get an anemia screening and lead screening, assessment, and testing.   

Immunization Requirements

Shots are definitely not a favorite among kids, but all students between the ages of 2 months and 18 years have to meet certain immunization requirements. We get how busy the school year can be, but it is very important that you stay up to date with these vaccinations so that your little one can stay in school. The vaccinations are broken down by grade level, and many require more than one dosage. New students can start school or child care with an initial series of immunizations, and then adhere to the “catch up” schedule outlined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Check out our Family Vaccination Schedule below to easily see which vaccinations your little one still needs! Be sure to bookmark the schedule so that you can refer to it throughout the year. 

How to Survive a Family Trip to the Doctor’s Office that Involves Vaccinations  

We all know that kids do not like getting their vaccinations. Rightfully so — they hurt! But as parents, we also know that they don’t really have another option if they want to stay healthy and remain in school. We’ve got a few tips for how to calm your little ones down at the doctor’s office. First, squeeze their hand and tell them to look away from the needle and towards you instead. Make funny faces, noises, and smile to distract them from the shot. Second, promise your little one something fun afterwards to award them for their bravery. Take a trip to the ice cream shop or let them choose a sticker or lollipop from the doctor’s office! Finally, bring along your child’s favorite stuffed animal or blanket to make them feel safe and comfortable. Of course, you know your kids best, so feel free to get creative with your own ideas. 

There are so many vaccinations and dates to keep track of, you have to find a time to visit your doctor, and kids typically don’t react well to needles. But all of the struggles are worth it for your little ones to stay happy, healthy, and educated in school or child care! We hope to make the process easier for you with our Family Vaccination Schedule which you can click to download below. Your doctor will be able to help you out with checking off the vaccination boxes, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared and informed to make sure that your little one stays up to date. And if you’re looking for something exciting to do as a family after the trip to the doctor’s office, browse our guides to family-friendly fall activities in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx!

 

 

 

  

Relevant Directory Listings

See More

Color Me Mine

<p>Color Me Mine Upper West Side proudly stands as a minority woman-owned studio, and we've been an integral part of the Color Me Mine franchise system since 2018! Pottery painting isn't just an activity; it's a captivating and inclusive experience that transcends age and skill levels.</p> <p>At Color Me Mine Upper West Side, we extend a warm invitation to dive into a realm of creativity, self-expression, and connection. Families, friends and teams grow stronger bonds when they create memories together, and at Color Me Mine, we're here to help facilitate those moments.</p> <p>Whether you're seeking a delightful family outing, a unique date night, or a solo adventure, our paint-your-own-pottery studio offers boundless possibilities. Step into our welcoming space in the heart of Lincoln Center and unleash your inner artist. Create unforgettable memories as you craft beautiful ceramic masterpieces to cherish for many years to come.</p> <p>Color Me Mine Upper West Side is also the preferred venue for celebrations of all kinds. Whether you're planning a birthday party, a baby or bridal shower, a team-building event, a gathering for college groups, an enriching field trip, or an adventure with scouts, we've got you covered. Our versatile space and passionate team provides the perfect setting for creating unforgettable memories and fostering creativity in every guest.</p> <p>Join us at Color Me Mine Upper West Side, at 177 Amsterdam Avenue in New York City where every visit promises a fun journey of color, joy, and artistic exploration!</p>

Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp

<p>Buck’s Rock Camp is a freedom-of-choice creative and performing arts camp for teenagers ages 10 to 17. Every summer at Buck’s Rock is completely different. The campers who join us each year make the summer their own adventure, and the camp constantly evolves and changes to meet the needs of that year’s campers. So to answer the question “What is Buck’s Rock?” is simple: it is a safe space where young people can grow into whatever they want and need to be. </p> <p>The day at Buck’s Rock starts at 7:30am and ends at 10:15pm. What happens in between is as varied as our campers and as friendly as our beautiful campus. Every day at Buck’s Rock is different. What doesn’t change: our stunning pastoral setting, committed, professional counselors, and a camper-to-counselor ratio of 2:1.  </p> <p> </p> <p>Every day at Buck’s Rock is a new opportunity for self-discovery and creative expression. From the professionally-equipped studios and exciting performance spaces, to the state-of-the-art recording facilities and pool, campers are free to try anything and everything! Over 30 world-class programs await our artists every day, including everything from glassblowing to dance to painting to sketch comedy to radio to weaving to gardening and so much more!</p> <p> </p> <p>Many generations of Buck’s Rockers, including campers, their parents, and decades of dedicated staff make up our unique community. Just one summer at Buck’s Rock will make you a life-long member of our big, creative family. We can’t wait for you to join us!</p> <p> </p> <p>Tiered Tuition System based on gross annual income and household size; $0-$12,000</p> <p> </p> <p>Age: 10-17 years old</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

Artistree Performing Arts

<p>Join us for the most incredible summer of musical theater at CAMP ARTISTREE!  If your child loves performing, then Artistree is the place to be.  Each day combines the essential components of putting on a show--acting, singing and dancing--with the fun of a traditional camp atmosphere like games, crafts and time outdoors.  It's a camp experience like no other!  Preschool Camp runs the weeks of June 14th <strong>(Descendants)</strong> and 21st <strong>(Frozen)</strong>.  </p> <p>We then begin our Summer Show Intensives for both Kids, Grades K-4 <strong>(Willy Wonka:  July 6-23 and Jungle Book:  July 26-August 13)</strong> and Tweens/Teens, Grades 5th-10th <strong>(Shrek:  July 6-23 and Into the Woods:  July 26-August 13)</strong>. </p> <p>Teens and Young Adults have their own show <strong>(Rock of Ages--July 6-August 5)</strong> which rehearses in the evenings and is performed at Harbor Island Park in conjunction with the Village of Mamaroneck.  </p> <p>We end the summer with week-long theater intensives the weeks of August 16, 23 and 30.  Mention Westchester Family and get $50 off any camp program!  Enroll now at artistreearts.com.  We can't wait to spend the summer with you at Camp Artistree!</p>