MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - The Carteret County Health Department is promoting National Immunization Awareness Month, which is in August.
Here's a press release on the month.
We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, Carteret County Health Department is proudly promoting August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. It is important to know which shots you need and when to get them. North Carolina law (G.S. 130A-152(a)) requires specific shots for school-aged children before entering kindergarten and 7th grade. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their family and community, including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.
"Parents/guardians should take the steps now to ensure children receive the appropriate shots before the school year begins. Also, parents/guardians should see if they are up-to-date on their shots. Anyone who is a caregiver for small children should make sure they receive the TdaP shot to protect infants and younger children from diseases like whooping cough," states Kim Davis, RN, Carteret County Health Department Nursing Supervisor.
For more information on what shots are needed before the start of school, parents/guardians should speak with their child's doctor or call the Health Department at 252.728.8550. Information on the North Carolina immunization requirement for school-aged children can be found at immunize.nc.gov/schools/k-12.htm.