Health Team

Wake schools offer last-minute vaccinations

Posted September 23, 2008 4:01 p.m. EDT
Updated September 23, 2008 9:02 p.m. EDT

— 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.