Get Immunizations in Order Before School
Because North Carolina mandates up-to-date vaccinations before children start school, the state is among the top 10 nationwide in the percentage of 2-year-olds receiving all age-appropriate immunizations.Posted — Updated
An exemption is permitted for medical reasons when a physician determines that an immunization is or may be harmful to a student for a specific reason. The valid medical exemption must be written and signed by a physician.
Parents who have a bona fide religious objection to the immunization requirements must place a signed statement on file in the student’s permanent record. According to the state requirements, an objection based upon a “scientific” belief or a nonreligious personal belief or philosophy isn't considered to be a religious exemption and isn't allowed under North Carolina law.
Before entering kindergarten, North Carolina students are required to receive the following vaccines:
- Five doses for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis
- Four doses for polio
- Two doses for measles
- One dose for mumps
- One dose for rubella
- Four doses for haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
- Three doses for hepatitis B
- One dose for varicella (chicken pox)
If the immunizations aren't current, the schools must notify the parents or guardians that they have 30 days from the first day of attendance to present the required immunization record for the child. As long as the child is on an accelerated schedule of immunizations, he may remain in school while completing the process.
A student who received immunizations in another state must present an official immunization record to the child-care facility, school, college or university. If an immunization record cannot be provided, the student must be re-vaccinated at an age-appropriate, accelerated schedule to the minimum requirement.