Immunization Information

Immunization Information
New York State Public Health Law 22165 requires that all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students demonstrate acceptable proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella to the school at the time of enrollment. This law applies only to students born on or after January 1, 1957.

Bard College is mandated by New York State law to enforce this requirement. Bard College submits an annual report to the NYS Department of Health, and is also subject to audits by the State regarding the students' immunizations.

Providing proof of immunization is a preadmission requirement. Students found in violation of this requirement via NYS audit will be billed the fine, which is currently $2000.

Immunization and medical forms are due JULY 1st or 30 days prior to your first semester at Bard. Registration for classes may be blocked if the forms are not on file by the start of the semester.


There are many resources available to assist with your decision to stop smoking. We offer nicotine replacement products and counseling at Health Service. Or you can get advice and free nicotine replacement products from New York State here.
Also check out the Quit Smoking Community or join their Facebook group for online support.


We are thrilled to announce that Belinda (Bel) Casivant, NP has joined our staff. She brings a wealth of expertise and we are thrilled to have her as part of our team.
Please note that for the remainder of the semester, evening clinics may be curtailed. Please call for an appointment or to check if we are open after 5pm. Thank you.

1. Bard Health Service and Your Insurance
      * Your basic assessment at the health service to consult with us about a problem is part of your college service and is not billed to your health insurance.  Your visit with us is confidential.
      * Your health insurance information is used when labs are sent out to LabCorp, or when medications are prescribed at the pharmacy.
      * Because we are not in charge of your insurance plan, we cannot guarantee whether or not the lab, pharmacy or insurance company might send information to your home address.
      * If you have concerns about information that may be sent to your home, it is your responsibility to speak directly with your insurance company to clarify their policy on confidentiality.
      * If this is a concern, we can help you find alternative ways for tests to be done to ensure your privacy.

2. Sexually Transmitted Illnesses (STIs) and Testing:
Choosing to be sexually active means taking responsibility for protecting your body from pregnancy and STIs. Testing is only a part of taking care or yourself and does not replace using condoms and other barriers to reduce potential exposure to disease. Health Service follows the guidelines published by the CDC in terms of the frequency and type of testing we offer. Also, as there are incubation periods for all infections, i.e.; a period of time between exposure to disease and detection of disease via testing or symptoms, it is recommended that you wait at least 7 days after "risky sex" before you come in for testing (NB this does not apply to non-consensual sex.) 

3. Ticks and Lyme disease
It is getting to be that time of year again. The ticks are already out and will be as long as temperatures are >34'F. Please be aware! 



 New York State and Bard College Requirements for Class Attendance:
All information must be in English and certified by a medical provider.

1. MMR
One of the following is required:
  • Proof of two measles, mumps, rubella vaccines (MMR1 and MMR2). MMR1 must be given after your first birthday (it may be given up to 4 days early), and MMR 2 must be given at least 28 days after MMR1.
  • A blood test showing immunity to measles, mumps and rubella.
  • Must be completed and signed.

New York State permits ONLY the following exemptions from the MMR immunization requirement:
  • If you were born after January 1, 1957
  • Students with a MEDICAL contraindication to a specific vaccine. Sufficient documentation must be submitted by the student's medical provider, stating the reason for the contraindication and an end date, if applicable.
  • Students with a strong RELIGIOUS conviction against vaccination. To request this exemption, you are required to submit a signed statement that explains in your own words why you are requesting this exemption and describes the religious principles that guide your objection to immunization. Please also indicate whether you are opposed to all immunizations, and if not all, the religious basis that prohibits particular immunizations. If the student is under 18 at the time of admission, the form will need to be signed by the parent/guardian, and the student will need to resubmit the documentation once they are 18 years old. Bard College requires that this form be notarized by a notary public, and may require additional supporting documents.
  • Health Service will notify you as to the approval or denial of your request. If the request is denied, the notification will include specific reasons for denial. You can appeal a denial to the NYS Dept of Health Immunization Program within 30 days.
  • New York State law does not accept PHILOSOPHICAL waivers. Under Department of Health regulation 10 NYCRR, Section 66-1.3 (d), philosophical, scientific, political, or sociological objections to immunizations do not justify an exemption.
In the event of a measles, mumps, or rubella case on campus, students who are not immunized will be required to receive the necessary vaccine, if possible, or leave campus for a period of time determined by the incubation period of the particular disease at their own expense.

For help or if you have any questions, please contact Health Service at (845) 758-7433 or see the New York State website for Frequently Asked Questions.