Health Team

Wake schools offer last-minute vaccinations

Posted September 23, 2008

— More than 1,000 Wake County students got their shots Tuesday to avoid being suspended from school.

Clinics were held Tuesday in 17 of 20 traditional-schedule middle schools in the county to help sixth graders beat the deadline for vaccination.

A state law that went into effect in January requires that sixth graders provide immunization records showing that they have had the Tdap booster within 30 days of the start of school, or face suspension. The suspension is not a disciplinary measure.

A final free clinic will be offered Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh.

The deadline for students in Wake, Durham, Johnston and Cumberland counties was Tuesday; the deadline for those in Lee County is Wednesday.


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  • haggis basher Sep 24, 2008

    Its amazing that one of the greatest breakthroughs in human history, the ending of childhood deadly diseases, is put at risk by the stupidity or selfishness of some parents.
    Get them vaccinated.

  • missingVA Sep 23, 2008

    Silly me...I took a day off over the summer to take my child to his pediatrician, paid my $20.00 co-pay and had this done. I mailed the form to his school so proof could go in his records. Had I known, I would have just waited and let them do it at school saving me both a vacation day and my money...sometimes it does not pay to be a responsible parent!

  • bs101fly Sep 23, 2008

    oh good, kids whose parents don't CARE ENOUGH to have them vaccinated to keep them well get a reprieve from getting kicked out.
    Bet the # of kids removed will still # near 1000!
    How about that Lori Millberg, your vaccing kids policy hasn't been such a success. Just as YOUR time on the board.
    Good riddance!