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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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  • Temporary Suspension of School and College Immunization requirements- The immunization requirements, specified in 10A NCAC 41A .0401, have been temporarily suspended under the authority of the State Health Director in response to Hurricane Florence. The time period from the start of the temporary suspension on September 21 until November 1, 2018, will not count towards the 30 calendar days following the child’s first date of attendance to meet requirements for submitting required documents. For more information go to Annual Immunization Reports.

  • 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 http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/disease/vaccrecdisplaced.asp 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)

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Updated: October 19, 2018