Immunizations: a back-to-school priority

Immunizations should be at the top of every back-to-school list. They protect students, school staff and the community from infectious diseases and are easy to check off the list before school begins.

North Carolina state law requires families to provide proof of immunizations on or before the first day of school. Students will be excluded from school if they do not have proper documentation within 30 days of entering school. Medical exemptions must be in writing from a doctor.

“Summer is a great time to have children immunized because schedules are more relaxed before school begins,” said Monica Adamian, school health specialist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “If families don’t have a regular doctor, the Mecklenburg County Health Department has open slots right now and holds clinics regularly.”

Students new to N.C. public schools also must complete a health assessment. That includes students who previously were home-schooled or attended private school.

Parents can have their children immunized at the Big Shots Saturdays Back-to-School Immunization Clinics. Below is remaining dates for August and September.

Billingsley Road Health Department, 249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte 

  • Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
  • Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Beatties Ford Road Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte 

  • Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
  • Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

"We want to avoid exclusions and keep students in school,” Adamian said. “Make sure to bring all the proper documentation for your child and start school off on the right foot. If you have questions, talk to your school's nurse."

To learn more about school immunization requirements, click here.