Beginning August 1, 2008, NC State Law requires that all students entering 6th grade must have a booster shot of the Tdap vaccine (protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), if 5 years or more have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. This new requirement is in response to the increasing number of pertussis cases in NC in recent years. Contact your child’s health care provider or local health department while your child is in fifth grade to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine. You must present proof that your child has received the booster prior to 6th grade entry.
Talk with your physician or local health department for additional information about these illnesses and the available vaccines. Other resources include:
- http://www.immunizenc.com/ - Immunization Branch, NC Department of Health and Human Services
- http://www.immunizationinfo.org/ - National Network for Immunization Information
- Children and the Flu Vaccine - CDC recommendations on which children should get a flu vaccine