Childhood Vaccines

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Why Are Vaccines Important for Children?

Babies are born with immature immune systems. They do share some immunities with their mothers through vaccines received during pregnancy and through breastmilk, but vaccines are the best way to further strengthen infants' and children's immune systems safely and effectively. Children receiving vaccines on schedule have better protection from dangerous infections and diseases. When children are properly vaccinated, they will also be less likely to spread diseases to others who cannot get vaccinated due to medical conditions. For more information on vaccines, speak with your healthcare provider or visit the CDC website.

Why Get the COVID-19 Vaccine for My Child or Teen?

All children 12 years or older are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Although most children who get COVID-19 do not have severe symptoms that require going to the hospital, there have been some cases of severe illness. Children and teens can also pass COVID-19 to family members or others who come into close contact, even if they do not show any symptoms. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for children aged 12 and up, has gone through extensive clinical trials and testing. It is safe and effective.

Children or teens who get vaccinated do not have to miss school for 14 days after exposure to a close contact who tested positive for COVID-19 if they show no symptoms. Get your child or teen caught up on all their shots today – they can receive their COVID-19 vaccine along with routine vaccinations needed for school at the same visit! The COVID-19 vaccine is free.

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Why Get Your Vaccinations at Onslow County Health Department?

Our highly-trained immunization staff use best practice care following the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) as well as Centers of Disease Control (CDC) recommended and required vaccine schedules. We use the North Carolina Immunization Registry (NCIR) to document all vaccines, which creates statewide access to your record for other providers and schools. With our client-centered focus care, we offer vaccines during every visit to the Health Department. When you have a Well Child Visit, your shot record is reviewed and you are offered all recommended and required vaccines. We have in inventory all preventive state and private vaccines. Our compassionate staff use combination vaccines, which limit the number of shots given at any one visit while providing the greatest coverage and preventive care. To learn more about Health Department services, click here.

Payments are on a sliding fee scale based on income, and we accept all forms of insurance. We will never turn you away from receiving essential services, including vaccinations, due to inability to pay. Some services may be completely free to you!

For more information or to make an appointment at the Onslow County Health Department Vaccine Clinic, please call (910) 347-2154.

Required School Vaccinations

The North Carolina General Statutes (G.S. 130A-152(a)) require immunizations for every child present in this state. We offer all the required and recommended vaccines for school. If you are entering a North Carolina school for the first time, you will also need a school physical. We will schedule the physical and immunizations in a single visit, making it more convenient for you. 

See required vaccinations listed below by grade-level, as well as immunizations recommended by the NC Immunization Program and the CDC.

Kindergarten Entry Required Vaccinations

Kindergarten Required Vaccinations

7th Grade Required Vaccinations

7th Required Vaccinations

12th Grade Required Vaccinations


College and University Required Vaccinations

College Required Vaccinations

NC Immunization Program Recommended Vaccinations

NC Recommended Vaccinations

CDC Recommended Immunizations and Schedule (Click to Expand)CDC 0-6 Schedule Opens in new window

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