If you have children going back to school, make sure they are up-to-date on immunizations their school requires. Otherwise, they can’t enroll.

Parents shouldn't have COVID-19 safety concerns during a visit to their pediatrician. Novant Health providers are using creative ways to continue in-person visits. In some cases, a vaccine can be administered in the parking lot while the child is in their car seat. As an added precaution, clinics have designated certain entrances and office hours for well and sick visits. Cleaning and disinfecting are top priorities at every Novant Health location, too.

Vaccines are given to children to help prevent diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, chickenpox, polio and measles, but also pneumonia and rotavirus diarrhea – two of the biggest killers in children younger than 5.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe vaccines as containing “the same germs that cause the disease, but the germs have been either killed or weakened to the point that they don’t make you sick.”

Vaccines help the immune system build up resistance to dangerous diseases.

Required immunizations for North Carolina schools

North Carolina law requires all children in the state to receive the following immunizations, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis – 5 doses
  • Polio – 4 doses
  • Measles – 2 doses
  • Mumps – 2 doses
  • Rubella (German measles) – 1 dose
  • Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib) – 4 doses
  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses
  • Varicella (chickenpox) – 2 doses
  • Pneumococcal conjugate – 4 doses

Middle school: Students entering the 7th grade need two doses of meningococcal conjugate. The first is as they enter 7th grade or by 12 years old, whichever comes first. A booster dose is required for students entering the 12th grade or by 17 years old, whichever comes first.

Required immunizations for South Carolina schools

South Carolina law requires the following immunizations, at a minimum, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis – 4 doses
  • Tdap booster – 1 dose
  • Polio – 3 doses
  • Rubeola (measles) – 2 doses
  • Rubella (German measles) – 1 dose
  • Mumps – 1 dose
  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses
  • Varicella (chickenpox) – 3 doses

Required immunizations for Virginia schools

Students in Virginia must have the following immunizations, according to the Virginia Department of Health:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis – 4 doses
  • Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib) – 2-3 doses, depending on the manufacturer
  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses
  • Human papillomavirus vaccine – 3 doses
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) – 2 measles, 2 mumps and 1 rubella
  • Pneumococcal (PCV) – 1-4 doses, depending on age at first dose
  • Polio – 4 doses
  • Varicella (chickenpox) – 2 doses

You may want to consider these in addition to those required: 

  • Middle school – Human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) and meningitis vaccine
  • High school – meningitis vaccine booster for students ages 16-18
  • College – meningitis vaccine is required, if not already received

 

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