Vaccine Requirements for NC School Entry
Immunizing individual children helps to protect the health of our community. Vaccinating children will help to reduce the risk of exposing people who are considered high risk if they contract (catch) these diseases but cannot medically receive the preventive vaccine. High risk persons include those who are undergoing treatment for cancer, are pregnant, have HIV or other chronic medical conditions.
When children are born, they have temporary immunity (protection) from their mother to some, but not all, childhood diseases. It is important to vaccinate children against diseases like diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, tetanus, Hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox) and Haemophilus influenza type B. The immunity children have at birth is temporary, meaning infants need to receive several doses of a vaccine in order to produce lasting immunity against a disease.
See links below for the current requirements for childhood vaccines. For more information about North Carolina’s immunization laws go to
Children age 7-18 years
Many people think immunizations or ‘shots’ are just for kids. Adults also need
immunizations to help protect them against certain diseases. Sometimes adult shots make up
for shots not given during childhood. And, sometimes they ‘boost’ protection that may be
The Duplin County Health Department provides adult and child immunizations daily, Monday through
Friday, most are available as a walk -in without the need for an appointment. Call 910-296-2130 for more information.
- Adult Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Adult Tetanus Diphtheria
- Childhood vaccines – birth to 18 years
- Hepatitis A & B
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Influenza- flu
- Rabies -pre-exposure (by appointment needs a pre-paid order)
- Rabies -post-exposure (by appointment and referral from hospital)
- Varicella- chicken pox
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Shingles- requires an appointment due to insurance coverage determination
Fees vary according to the vaccine requested. Please call our Billing Department for more
information on fees.