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    Immunizations

    What immunizations are required to enter school?

    North Carolina law requires every child to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, red measles (rubeola), rubella and (German measles). Children under 5 must be immunized against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and a Hepatitis B vaccine is required for children born on or after July 1, 1994.

    All about NC Immunization Laws – Reporting – Information – Guidelines:
    http://www.immunize.nc.gov/schools/resourcesforschools.htm#GarrettsLaw

    Requirements by Grade: K, 6, College:
    http://www.immunize.nc.gov/PDFs/physician_cheat_sheetFINAL(web).pdf 

    Kindergarten

    Vaccine

    Number Doses Required Before School Entry*

    Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis

    5 doses1

    Polio

    4 doses1

    Measles

    2 doses

    Mumps

    2 doses

    Rubella

    1 dose

    Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib)

    3-4 doses2

    Hepatitis B (Hep B)

    3 doses

    Varicella (chickenpox)

    2 doses3

    1 The last dose of DTaP and Polio must be given on/or after age 4.
    2 Children beyond their 5th birthday are not required to have any Hib vaccine.
    3 Vaccination is required unless documentation of disease history is provided by a health care provider.

    Note: Pneumococcal, Hepatitis A and Flu vaccines are not required but are recommended for this age group by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

    7th Grade

    Adolescents should be up-to-date on all the vaccines required for kindergarten entry (see list/chart above).  In addition, effective July 1, 2015, all students entering 7th grade or who have reached 12 years of age, whichever comes first, are required to have the following:

    • One booster dose of the Tdap vaccine
    • One dose of Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

    Note: HPV, Hepatitis A, Flu, and a second dose of Varicella vaccine are not required by are recommended for this age group by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.