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North Carolina Immunization Branch

The N.C. Immunization Branch promotes public health through the identification and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases like polio, hepatitis B, measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, rubella (German measles), and mumps. In 2001, the Branch incorporated an adult education component into the program to raise awareness of the agelessness of immunizations.

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  • What vaccines are recommended for evacuees of a disaster?

    The major concern for anyone exposed to unsanitary conditions is that they be up to date with tetanus-containing vaccine, because if they are injured (as is common in disaster settings) the injury is likely to be contaminated. Routinely recommended vaccines are recommended for evacuees, just like they are for everyone else. Full CDC recommendations for vaccines for evacuees are posted on our website at Routinely Recommended Vaccines During a Disaster .

  • I evacuated before a hurricane struck but hope to go home soon. Are there any special vaccination recommendations for me?

    There are no special vaccination recommendations for persons returning to their homes in the disaster area. However, you should get a booster dose of a tetanus vaccine if you have not had a booster dose within the last 10 years. Tetanus-diphtheria (Td) boosters are routinely recommended every 10 years for all adults; the concern in this setting is that clean-up and repairs present an increased risk of injury and tetanus from such injuries is preventable by vaccination. Adults should receive the pertussis-containing Tdap vaccine rather than Td if this is available and has not been previously received. Children and adolescents 11 through 18 years should receive the pertussis-containing Tdap vaccine rather than Td if this is available. Q and A from CDC on Disasters and Immunizations

  • To view the Impact of Power Outages on Vaccine Storage from CDC, click the link. Power Outages and Vaccine Storage (107 KB) (09/13/2018)

  • Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast episode, "Superman, Cancer, and Vaccines," with Jason Mendelsohn, HPV cancer survivor; he tells his story and urges parents to vaccinate their sons and daughters.

    Voices for Vaccines (VFV) has released a new podcast in its Vax Talk series: Superman, Cancer, and Vaccines. In this podcast, Jason Mendelsohn, a Stage 4 HPV cancer survivor known as "Superman HPV," tells his story to Karen Ernst, Voices for Vaccines, and Dr. Nathan Boonstra, Blank Children's Hospital, and urges parents to vaccinate all their children.

    • Visit the VFV website podcast page
    • Links from the episode: Superman HPV
    • Voices for Vaccines is a national organization of parents and others who are dedicated to raising the level of the voices of immunization supporters. VFV invites everyone who values vaccines to become a member. Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues to join VFV!

  • Certificate of Validation
    AIRA 2018 National Meeting certificate

    At the American Immunization Registry Association’s (AIRA) 2018 National Meeting, the NCIR was recognized for meeting the Immunization Information System (IIS) Measurement Content of Transport for 2018. As members of AIRA, we work with subject matter experts to help us reach a common goal of supporting and promoting the development, implementation and interoperability of our registry.

    Through formal presentations and informal discussions, attendees of the AIRA National Meeting will have an opportunity to strengthen long-term partnerships, develop new relationships, gain professional education and training, and learn from one another.

  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month
    Preteens and Teens
    Week 4 -Teens and Preteens

    Preteens and teens need four vaccines to protect against serious diseases:

    • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections (septicemia).
    • HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV.
    • Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis).
    • A yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu.
    • Teens and young adults may also be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine. Parents can send their preteens and teens to middle school, high school and college protected from vaccine-preventable diseases by following the recommended immunization schedule.

      A Healthy Start Begins With On-time Vaccinations
      Week 3 - Babies and young children
      Vaccines give parents the power to protect their children from serious diseases. One of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health is getting their child vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule.
      Vaccines protect babies from 14 diseases by the time they reach 2 years of age. It is very important that babies receive all doses of each vaccine and receive each vaccination on time. After 6 months of age, CDC recommends children receive a yearly flu vaccine. Children 6 months through 8 years of age who are getting the flu vaccine for the first time should get two doses of flu vaccine, spaced at least 28 days apart. Children are also due for additional doses of vaccines between 4 and 6 years of age. If a child falls behind the recommended immunization schedule, the child’s doctor can still give vaccines to “catch up” the child before adolescence. Pass Protection on to your baby
      Week 2 - Get off to a healthy start by making sure your immunizations are up to date before becoming pregnant.
      Pregnant women should get the pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, vaccine during pregnancy. They should also get the flu vaccine during pregnancy if they have not already received the flu vaccine for the current influenza season prior to pregnancy. It is very important that you are up to date on your measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before becoming pregnant. Rubella infection during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth or birth defects in the developing baby.
      Vaccinate Your Children for School
      Week 1 - according to the recommended immunization schedule provides your child with safe and effective protection against preventable diseases.
      • Between the time your child is born and when they go off to college, they’ll get vaccines to protect against a number of serious diseases.
      • Some children at your child care center may be too young to get certain vaccines and are therefore vulnerable to diseases.
        • By vaccinating your child according to the recommended schedule, you’ll be protecting their classmates as well.
        • You will also be helping to protect people in your community who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons (e.g., people with weakened immune systems, such as some people with cancer, and people who have received organ transplants).
    • July is National Adolescent Immunization Awareness Month for North Carolina. Governor Roy Cooper has given us a proclaimation, which can be read if you click here. Both boys and girls of ages 11 or 12 need two doses of the HPV vaccine protect them against HPV related cancers in the future. Talk to your healthcare provider to make sure your children are protected. HPV vaccine is cancer prevention!
      Three Things Parents Should Know

      HPV Vaccine: My Recommendation as a Doctor and a Parent In this video, a family physician explains his decision, as a doctor and a parent, to make sure each of his children received HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12.

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      Please go to our Adolescent Awareness Campaign page for more resources and information.

    • New Free Continuing Edcation from MMWR and Medscape Free Continuing Medical Education CDC's MMWR and Medscape are proud to introduce a new Free Continuing education (CD) activity that describes the recommended immunization schedule for adults aged 19 years or older in the United States, based on updated guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
    • The 2018 Immunization schedules are available
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Updated: September 13, 2018