Health Team

Students get stuck to avoid suspension

Posted September 24, 2008 11:39 a.m. EDT

— About 200 Wake County students faced suspension from school Wednesday if they did not get vaccinated.

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

Clinics were held 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.

Parents WRAL spoke with gave a number of reasons why they didn't get their children the shot earlier.

Some said they procrastinated, while others said they thought their kids had it but couldn't find the paperwork.

The vast majority said they didn't know about the necessary vaccination.

A final free clinic was offered from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday 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 was Wednesday.