July 15, 2015
County schools announced this week that new immunizations are now
required both for children who are starting kindergarten and those who
are entering seventh grade on or after July 1, 2015 to protect them
from serious diseases.
New immunizations now required for
kindergartners, seventh graders
Kindergartners will now be required to have two doses of varicella
(chickenpox) vaccine if they do not have a history of the disease
documented by a health care provider, and the fourth dose of polio
vaccine must be given after 4 years of age and before entering school
for the first time.
Children who start seventh grade on or after July 1 will be required to
one dose each of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and
meningococcal vaccines if they have not previously received these
"Thanks to the success of vaccines we don’t see these diseases very
often," the schools said in a news release. "However, they do still
exist and can cause serious illness, disabilities and even death. Don’t
let your child go unprotected."
The news release notes that vaccines are safe and effective. The most
common side effects are pain and swelling at the site where the shot
was given. Some people may experience a headache and fever. Serious
reactions to vaccines are very rare.
Your child will have to provide proof of vaccination on the first day
of school. Please remember to bring your child’s shot record for school
entry. You can get your child’s shot record from his/her doctor or the
Dare County Department of Public Health in Manteo at 475-5003 or in
Frisco at 475-9320.
To learn more about these vaccines and the diseases they prevent visit
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
at www.cdc.gov/vaccines or the North Carolina Immunization
Branch website at www.immunize.nc.gov.