Meningitis On Campus

Certain college students are at increased risk for meningococcal disease, a potentially fatal bacterial infection commonly referred to as meningitis.

Because freshman students who live in dorms are at a higher risk for the disease, lack of dorm living on-campus puts Hudson Valley Community College students in a lower risk category.

New York State Public Health Law (NYS PHL) §2167 requires institutions, including colleges and universities, to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccine to all students meeting the enrollment criteria, whether they live on or off campus.

Requirements for Students

New York State Public Health Law requires that all students taking more than five credit hours read, complete and return the Meningitis Information Sheet and Self Reporting Form (PDF) to the college.
NOTE: This law does not require students to have the immunization.

Hudson Valley Community College is required to maintain a record of the following for each student taking more than five credit hours:

  • A response to receipt of meningococcal disease and vaccine information signed by the student or student’s parent or guardian
  • A record of meningococcal immunization within the past 5 years; OR
  • An acknowledgement of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of meningococcal immunization signed by the student or student’s parent or guardian.

Students Under the Age of 25: Please share this important letter about meningococcal disease (PDF) with your parents.

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Siek Campus Center, Suite 270

Fax: (518) 629-7471

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer 2024 Hours (May 20 - July 26): Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, Closed