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Year in Review: Did you update your preschooler’s immunizations?

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The Women and Children’s page of the NC Department of Health and Human Services provides links to the types of immunizations required before children attend childcare in North Carolina. Medical and religious exemptions are allowed, but the exemptions forms must be on file at the childcare facility. These forms may be obtained from your health care provider or school.
The website also provides information about the NC immunization law. The law states that, “a person who received immunizations…shall present an official certificate or record of immunization to the child care facility…” These records of immunization are due on the child’s first day of enrollment. There is a 30 day grace period; however, if the immunization record is not given by 30 days, the operator may “not permit the child to attend…” according to GS 110-86(7). If a child falls behind on an immunizations schedule, but has had immunizations, the child’s immunizations are considered to be “in process” and the child will be allowed to attend school on a ‘catch up’ immunization schedule appropriate to the child’s age.
Childcare facilities are responsible for submitting annual immunizations reports to the Immunization Branch of the NC DHHS. The Department of Health and Human Services and the local health department have the authority to inspect these records at childcare facilities.



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