make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Vaccine boosters required, recommended for adolescents

READ MORE:

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Vaccines aren’t just for infants; adolescents and adults need to be protected against disease as well. April is Adolescent Immunization Awareness Month in North Carolina, and the NC Division of Public Health is reminding parents to protect their teens and pre-teens by bringing them up to date on required and recommended vaccinations.

"Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death," State Health Director Dr. Jeff Engel said. "Parents should start thinking about immunizations now, so young people will be protected when they start the new school year."

Most vaccines are required when a child enters school for the first time in kindergarten. State law also requires a dose of Tdap vaccine for all rising 6th graders or those who will reach 12 years of age on or after August 1. Children who have had a tetanus shot within the past five years may be exempt from the requirement.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that older children receive a booster shot of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, as well as vaccinations against meningitis, HPV, hepatitis A and influenza.

During the 2010-2011 flu season, the state has recorded eight deaths from flu among school-aged children.

"Vaccines not only help protect those who receive them, but they also protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases," Engel said.

Information about required vaccines for children and adults can be found at www.immunizenc.org

####

Local Health Departments across the state will mark Adolescent Immunization Awareness Month with special activities. Here are some of the planned events:

COLUMBUS COUNTY
Event: Educational TV Show Featuring Adolescent Immunizations
Location: Local Community College
Date: TBD
Contact: Mitzi Ward at 910-640-6615 ext. 384

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.