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Health Officials Issue Reminder Regarding Back To School Shots

Children will be headed back to classrooms across Catawba County in just a few short weeks. One way to ensure that they are healthy and ready to return is through routine vaccinations and health assessments. North Carolina state law requires vaccinations for children and teens entering Kindergarten, 7th and 12th grade. Rising kindergartners and children entering public school in North Carolina for the first time should also have a health assessment completed by their child’s physician.

Catawba County School Health Supervisor Marianne Vogel says “As our community’s families prepare to head back to school in August, it is important for children to be caught up on routine vaccinations, as this provides protection against many childhood illnesses such as measles, mumps, polio, whooping cough, meningitis and more, these vaccinations help get everyone off to a healthy start.”

For families who do not already have a primary care provider, school nurses can help them find a physician. Public Health also offers routine vaccinations for children and teens, including those required for school. More information on routine childhood and COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens, Call Catawba County Public Health’s Immunizations Clinic at 828-695-5881.