- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s school immunization requirements have been updated to be consistent with the most current recommendations.

The State Department of Health says the new requirements for school attendance don’t add any new vaccines for school entry, but they update the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between doses.

The new requirements took effect Tuesday and are aimed at helping reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough.

The recommendations were made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a national group of medical and public health experts.

The new requirements apply to daycare, head start, nursery, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten through 12th grade.

It’s the first update in over a decade.

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