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North Carolina Immunization Branch


North Carolina law requires all children in the state to receive certain immunizations.  Records are checked when children enter school or child care.

7th Grade

Adolescents should be up to date on all the vaccines required for kindergarten entry. In addition, adolescents need one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningoccal conjugate vaccine.

Required vs. Recommended

North Carolina law requires adolescents receive certain vaccines. But in order to be fully protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, adolescents should receive all immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccines to protect against the flu, meningitis, HPV and others are available. Learn more on the Immunizations for Adolescents page.