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Adolescent Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccines aren’t just for infants; adolescents and adults need to be protected against disease as well. July is Adolescent Immunization Awareness Month in North Carolina, and the N.C. 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.

Most vaccines are required when a child enters school for the first time in kindergarten. State law now requires a dose of Tdap vaccine and meningococcal vaccine for individuals entering the seventh grade or by 12 years of age, whichever comes first.

The U.S. 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 MCV4, HPV, influenza (flu) and certain other vaccines recommended for high-risk groups. Please visit CDC's Adolescent Schedule for more information.