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Add Immunizations to Your Back to School Checklist


Did you know children must receive certain immunizations before they can attend school? With classes just around the corner, don’t forget to add vaccinations to your child’s back to school checklist.

“In North Carolina, students are required to receive certain vaccines to attend school,” said JoAnn Douglas, Wake County’s Immunization Tracking Team supervisor. “It’s important for parents to check their children’s immunization records and schedule any necessary appointments now to ensure their students can begin the school year on time.”

North Carolina requires children to receive the following vaccines before they begin kindergarten:

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis);
  • HBV (hepatitis B);
  • Hib (haemophilus B);
  • IPV (inactivated polio vaccine);
  • PCV13 (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine);
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella); and
  • Var (chickenpox).

Students must receive the following immunizations before they enter 7th grade:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap); and
  • Meningococcal (meningitis).

Be sure to check with your child’s doctor to make sure he or she is up to date on all vaccines.

If your child does not have a doctor, Wake County Human Services can help. Public health clinics offer all required vaccines at several convenient locations:

When making an appointment, ask about vaccine charges and eligibility for special, lower cost programs.

Visit and search “immunization” to learn more.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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