Carteret County Health Department issues reminder on school vaccination, health assessment requirements

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – With a new school year just weeks away, Carteret County Health Department reminds parents of school age and college-bound students to check with your child’s doctor or the Health Department to make sure all required and recommended vaccines are up to date.

Most vaccines are required when a child enters school for the first time in kindergarten. State law also requires one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal vaccine for all rising 7th graders or those who reach 12 years of age on or after July 1, 2015.

Also, the Health Department reminds families of a new state law requiring all children entering North Carolina public school systems for the first time to receive a health assessment. This assessment must occur within 12 months prior to entering school and can be provided by your child’s doctor. Parents, guardians, or medical providers must provide a completed health assessment transmittal form to the school principal on or before the first day of school.

For more information about vaccines, call your child’s doctor or Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550.

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