Back to School Childhood Immunizations: Is your child ready?

Are your kids ready?

Wilkes County Health Department Officials urge parents to check that their children’s immunizations are up-to-date.  Parents have until September 22, 2010 to have their child’s immunizations current according to new NC State Guidelines.  We want parents to know that by law, their children must be up-to-date on their required immunizations to start school.  After September 22, 2010, if a child’s immunizations are not current the child will not be allowed to return to school until immunizations are up-to-date.  Below are requirements based on the 2010 NC State Guidelines.

  • For entry into Kindergarten, children must have:
Vaccine
Number Doses Required
Before School Entry
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis

5 doses

Polio

4 doses

Measles

2 doses

Mumps

2 doses

Rubella

1 dose

Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib)

4 doses

Hepatitis B (Hep B)

3 doses

Varicella (chickenpox)

1 dose

  • For upcoming 6th Graders:
Vaccine
Number Doses Required
Before School Entry
TDap (this is a new requirement)

1 dose

Parents are encouraged to check with their health care provider or insurance provider to find out which vaccines and vaccine services are covered by their insurance plans.  Based on changes in immunization funding this year, not all children are eligible for free vaccines.  Please check with your child’s doctor or the Wilkes County Health Department at 651-7450 to see if your child qualifies for free vaccine.

 

For details on school immunization requirements in NC please click here. 

Vaccines are a safe and effective way to help parents protect their children from disease.