County Health offers school vaccinations

By: Scott Witten -

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Health Department is offering extended clinical hours for school immunizations throughout the month of September.

The immunizations for children and teenagers will be held on Sept. 12, 21 and 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

“As families prepare for the new school year, parents should take a moment to ensure their children’s vaccinations are up to date, said Alisa Freeman, public health nurse and immunization supervisor.

Freeman said immunizations are especially important because of new requirements for children entering school and for seventh graders.

Vaccination efforts made in the world’s poorest countries since 2001 will have prevented 20 million deaths and saved $350 billion in health-care costs by 2020, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” Freemann said. “They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.”

Parents have 30 days from the time school starts to make sure their child is properly vaccinated. After that, children who are not vaccinated will be excluded from class until they receive the required immunizations. All children in North Carolina are required to be vaccinated against:

Diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (5 doses)

Polio (4 doses)

Measles (2 doses)

Mumps (2 doses)

Rubella (1 dose)

Hib (4 doses)

Hep B (3 doses)

Varicella (2 doses or titer)

For seventh graders:

Varicella (1 dose)

Tdap (1 dose)

Meningococcal (1 dose)

North Carolina allows two types of vaccine exemptions: medical, which requires proof from a properly licensed physician; and religious, which under state law requires a non-verifiable written statement for “bonafide” religious objections.

For information about the Back-to-School Vaccination Clinics and extended hours, immunizations, clinical services, or to schedule other appointments, contact Scotland County Health Department at 910-277-2440.

Scott Witten

Reach Scott Witten at 910-506-3023

Reach Scott Witten at 910-506-3023