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New Immunization Requirements for School Entry Beginning July 1, 2015

posted Sep 4, 2015, 9:25 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 4, 2015, 9:29 AM ]
In May 2014, The North Carolina Commission for Public Health approved new and revised immunization requirements, which will become effective July 1, 2015.  The Bladen County Health Department is working to help ensure that parents, schools, daycares and healthcare providers are aware of these revisions and new requirements, as they impact children’s ability to be admitted into daycare and school.  

A summary of the new immunization requirements for children in the 2015-16 school year follows:

Children younger than 5 years of age:
  • Pneumococcal vaccine – 4 doses will be required

For Kindergartners in 2015-2016:
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine – A second dose of vaccine or documentation of disease will be required

For 7th graders or 12-year-olds in 2015-2016:
  • Tdap vaccine – A booster will be required
  • Meningococcal vaccine – 1 dose of vaccine required  entering 7th grade or by 12 years of age (whichever comes first)

Please refer to the accompanying table for a more detailed schedule of North Carolina Required Immunizations for Children effective July 1, 2015.

Kindergarten

Vaccination requirements for kindergarten-age children can be found below:

VaccineNumber Doses Required Before School Entry*
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis5 doses
Polio4 doses
Measles2 doses
Mumps2 doses
Rubella1 dose
Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib)4 doses
Hepatitis B (Hep B)3 doses
Varicella (chickenpox)2 doses

7th Grade

Vaccination requirements for 7th grade age children can be found below:

VaccineNumber Doses Required Before School Entry*
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis5 doses
Polio4 doses
Measles2 doses
Mumps2 doses
Rubella1 dose
Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib)4 doses
Hepatitis B (Hep B)3 doses
Varicella (chickenpox)2 doses
Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis1 dose
Meningococcal conjugate1 dose


Children who start 7th grade on or after July 1, 2015 will be required to have vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect them from serious diseases.  Students entering 7th grade will be required to have one dose each of Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines if they have not previously received these vaccines.  Your child will have to provide proof of vaccination no later than 30 days from the first day of school (Wednesday, September 23, 2015).  Please remember to bring your child’s shot record from his/her doctor or the local health department.  To learn more about these vaccines and the diseases they prevent visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines or the North Carolina Immunization Branch website at www.immunize.nc.gov.