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Stay safe during travel - COVID-19

Parents are understandably nervous about taking their children and adolescents to doctors’ offices and health departments right now. Unfortunately, as a result, childhood vaccination rates are dropping dangerously according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health and immunization organizations emphasize the importance of continued routine vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the following advice/recommendations on maintaining immunization schedules during this time: Vaccine Advice During COVID-19

Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Most vaccine-preventable diseases are rare in North Carolina due to the success of vaccinations. But if we stopped vaccinating, diseases that are nearly under control today would return. More people would get sick and more would die. Learn more about the diseases vaccines protect against.

Immunizations for Children

Children through 6 years of age need protection against diseases like the flu, whooping cough and measles. Learn more about immunizations for children in North Carolina.

Immunizations for Adolescents

Adolescents are at increased risk for diseases like whooping cough, meningitis and HPV.  Learn more about immunizations to protect adolescents.

Immunizations for Adults

Adults need protection against disease too.  Learn about vaccines for adults including immunizations for health care workers, pregnant women and older adults.

N.C. Immunization Requirements

North Carolina law requires all children in the state to receive certain immunizations.  Records are checked when children enter school or child care. Follow the links for detailed information on:

Locating an Immunization Record

Step-by-step instructions for locating an Immunization Record.

Immunizations for Travelers

Travelers need certain immunizations before leaving the United States. Find out what immunizations you and your family need to stay healthy in foreign lands.

Vaccine Safety

Vaccines are safe and effective. Find out what parents, doctors and researchers have to say about vaccine safety.

North Carolina Immunization Program

The North Carolina Immunization Program (NCIP) provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. The program is funded through the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) initiative. Learn more about the NCIP.

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Updated: November 29, 2020