Are Your Child's Vaccinations Up-to-Date for School?
Parents have 30 days to provide schools with current vaccination records after school begins in NC
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While the kids may not want to hear it, the first day of school is weeks — or days depending on which school your child attends — away. In addition to stocking up on school supplies and new clothes, parents also need to be double-checking those vaccination records. Parents of kindergarten and seventh grade students in particular need to pay special attention to whether or not their children have received required vaccinations. If you have a rising kindergarten or seventh grade student, you may want to consider scheduling a family doctor visit or heading to a local health department.
According to a press release from Guilford County Schools, as of last year, kindergartners are required to get a Polio booster vaccine and have two doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine in addition to immunizations previously required. Seventh-grade students need to get a Tdap vaccine as well as the first dose of Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV). Any high school students who want to get their booster shot of MCV before the state requirement goes into effect in 2020 may also do so. For more information on the new requirements, click here.
North Carolina's public schools are legally required to exclude students who do not have documentation showing they received the required vaccinations within 30 calendar days of the first day of school. To help families comply with the public school vaccination requirements and state vaccination schedule, the Department of Health and Human Services – Public Health Division is offering special vaccination clinics throughout August and September.
The free, all-day clinics for all ages will be held at the Greensboro (1100 E. Wendover Avenue) and High Point (501 E. Green Drive) locations from 8 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. on the following dates:
- Tuesday, August 9
- Thursday, August 11
- Tuesday, August 16
- Thursday, August 18
- Tuesday, August 23
- Thursday, August 25
- Monday, August 29
- Tuesday, August 30
- Wednesday, August 31
- Thursday, Sept. 1
- Monday, Sept. 26
- Tuesday, Sept. 27
- Wednesday, Sept. 28
- Thursday, Sept. 29
Saturday clinics will also be held at both locations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 20 and Sept. 17. Parents will need to schedule an appointment for their child by calling 336-641-3245.
Immunizations are provided on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis at the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, Clinic 3, located at 799 N. Highland Ave., Winston-Salem. Clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Thursday: 9:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m. and
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. To contact the clinic, call 336-703-3202.
Call the Alamance County Health Department appointment line early in the day on the day you would like to schedule an appointment for your child's immunizations. The number is 336-570-6459. The clinic is located in the Alamance County Human Services Center, 1st Floor, 319 N. Graham-Hopedale Road, Burlington. Clinic hours are 8:00 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Davidson County Health Department
915 Greensboro St., Lexington
Davie County Health Department
210 Hospital St., Mocksville
Randolph County Health Department
2222B S. Fayetteville St., Asheboro
Stokes Family Health Center
1009 N. Main St., Danbury