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Vaccines Required Before 7th Grade

What Are The Vaccine Requirements?

All rising 7th graders must get one dose of TDaP (tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis) and Meningitis vaccine before entering 7th grade or turning 12 years old (whichever comes first).

What If My Child Got Tdap Last Year?

They won't need to get another dose of TDaP vaccine. Only one is required.

Are Vaccines Safe?

Yes, vaccines are safe, although it is common for the TDaP vaccine to cause some pain and swelling at the injection site for one or two days.

Where Can I Get These Vaccines And How Much Are They?

You can get them at your doctor's office or local health department. Only your health care provider can tell you how much they cost but health insurance usually covers it. If your child is eligible for Medicaid, has no health insurance, has health insurance that doesn't cover the cost, or is Native American, he or she can receive the vaccines from the state at no cost.

If My Child Is Uninsured, How Do I Get Help With The Costs?

If your child is uninsured, apply for Medicaid or NC Health Choice (which are free or low-cost health insurance programs for children and teens) through your local department of social services. Learn more about these child health insurance programs at this link.

What Should I Do Now?

Contact your child's health care provider or local health department to schedule an appointment to receive TDaP and Meningitis vaccines. Before you leave your appointment, make sure you get a Certificate of Immunization (shot record) that documents that these vaccines have been administered. You will need to show this document to prove that your child was vaccinated prior to entering the 7th grade.

Does My Child Need Any Other Shots?

Yes, the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that children 11-12 years old receive vaccinations for Hepatitis A, HPV (Human Papillomavirus), Flu, and a second dose of Varicella (chickenpox). These vaccinations are not required by law but are strongly recommended for adolescents.

How Can I Learn More?

For additional information about the vaccines and diseases they protect against, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website or the NC Immunization Branch. And of course, please don't hesitate to talk with our School Nurse, your health care provider, or local health department.