New vaccinations required this school year; lack of immunizations could result in suspension

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It’s almost time to head back to school, and in addition to getting new school supplies, parents need to make sure their children are up to date on new vaccines as well.

Effective July 1st, the North Carolina Department of Health is requiring new vaccines.

The updated requirements include the Meningitis, Chicken Pox, Polio and TDAP vaccines.

Children not up to date on these shots will have 30 days from the start of school to be immunized before facing suspension.

“The sooner you get them done, the better because the closer you get to that suspension day, the more people come in,” said Lanell Perkins, the lead nurse of Onslow County Schools. “People will think ‘Oh I have 30 days.’ It’s 30 calendar days, not 30 school days.”

The change affects mostly students going into kindergarten or seventh grade.

For more information visit immunizenc.gov or speak to your child’s school nurse or the health department.

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