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Childhood Immunization Guide

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New Requirements!
  • Infants: If you have a child born on July 1, 2015 or later, they will now be required to receive a 4 vaccine series of Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV) in addition to existing requirements.
  • Preschoolers: If you have a child entering kindergarten in the school year 2015-16 or later, they will now be required to receive a second dose of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. They will also be required to receive their fourth dose of Polio vaccine after their 4th birthday. These changes are in addition to existing requirements.
  • Rising 7th Graders: Students entering 7th grade in the school year 2015-16 or later are now required to have one dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, Pertussis) and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to the start of 7th grade.
School Entry Rules
Immunizations are required by law for entry into North Carolina schools. This includes specific requirements for starting kindergarten and 7th grade. You will have 30 days from the first day of school to provide an up-to-date immunization record or your child will be suspended from school until the required proof is provided or you show your child has begun the immunization process.

• North Carolina General Statute § 130A-155

If Your Child Needs Vaccines
Contact your healthcare provider or Catawba County Public Health at (828) 695-5800 to make an appointment.

Current Vaccine Schedules

Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program

Need help paying for immunizations for your child? If your child is Medicaid eligible, uninsured, or your insurance plan does not cover vaccines, VFC may be able to help. For more information, talk to your child’s healthcare provider or visit the North Carolina Immunization Program website. (link to

General Resources

Resources for Healthcare Providers

Vaccination info for parents

Provider Resources

Catch-Up Immunization scheduler. Create a catch-up vaccination schedule for pediatric patients. CDC/AAP/AAFP