Required Child Vaccinations in North Carolina


When you are getting your child prepared to go back to school, you have a long list to get through, and it can often be a hectic time. From buying school supplies and new clothes to signing up for after-school activities, you have a lot to do before you send your child off to school. One thing that should be at the top of your list is making sure your child has gotten all the vaccinations required by the Tarheel State.

In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, Western Wake Pediatrics has compiled a list of which vaccinations your child is required to get before heading back to school in North Carolina:

  • K-12. Before starting kindergarten, children must receive the following vaccines: Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (Dtp/DTaP); Polio; Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib); Hepatitis B; and Varicella. Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV) is required for children born after July 1, 2015.
  • Colleges and Universities. Prior to entering any colleges or universities in North Carolina, teenagers must receive the following immunizations: Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); Tdap; Polio; Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); and Hepatitis B (Hep B).
  • Daycare. Before a child enters a daycare or child care center in North Carolina, they must receive the following vaccinations: Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); Polio; Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib); Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); Hepatitis B (Hep B); Varicella (chickenpox); and Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV).

Get Educated about Vaccines for Children at Western Wake Pediatrics

Want to know more about the importance of vaccinating your child or to schedule an appointment for your child to receive their back-to-school vaccinations? Reach out to Western Wake Pediatrics today at (919) 859-9991.

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