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    Immunization Update

    Flu season has begun and flu vaccinations are now available! The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months old and up. The N.C. state communicable disease branch has recommends early vaccination and not wait later into the season, as we have had earlier virus transmission than usual in N.C. for the last 3 years.

    We have three flu vaccine presentations this year:

    • The "regular" flu vaccine- this is a quadrivalent formulation (4 strains) that is given intramuscularly.
    • The flu-mist (quadrivalent)- this is a spray that is administered in both nostrils for those 2-49 years old that are not pregnant and do not have asthma.
    • High Dose flu vaccine- 2x the amount of antigen in each dose, for those that are 65 years and older that have some form of insurance (medicare, BCBS, etc.)

    Free (state funded) flu vaccines are only available for the following groups:

    • 6 months through 18 years old that are uninsured
    • 19 and older who are uninsured and are pregnant.

    Same hours as the regular immunization clinic. Monday-Wednesday, 8am-4pm, walk in only, no appointment necessary  

    Required Childhood Vaccines for School Entry:  As of July 1, 2015 beginning with the 2015-2016 school year: 

    DTap Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis   5 Doses
    Polio 4th dose must be on or after the 4th birthday 4 Doses  
    Measles Part of the MMR Vaccine 2 Doses
    Mumps Part of the MMR Vaccine   2 Doses
    Rubella Part of the MMR Vaccine   1 Dose
    Hib Haemophilus influenzae type B 4 Doses
    Hep B (HBV)   Hepatitis B 3 Doses
    Varicella Chicken Pox 2 Doses
    Prevnar 13 Pneumo conjugate 4 Doses


     Also, the following vaccines are now needed before entering the 7th grade or by 12 years old, whichever comes first:

    Tdap Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis 1 dose
    Meningitis Meningococcal     1 dose


    (Please note- vaccine requirements for Department of Defense Schools vary.) 

    We also carry many immunizations recommended by the NCIP (North Carolina Immunization Program) and the CDC: 

    Rotavirus   3 Doses
    Hep A (HAV) Hepatitis A  2 Doses
    Gardasil   HPV 3 Doses
    Flu (Sept - June)   Influenza   Yearly


    We file many insurances, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, NC Health Choice, TriCare, Medicare, NC Medicaid and others.  Children (6 months through 18 years old) who have Medicaid, are uninsured, are American Indian/Alaskan Native or are under-insured may receive immunizations at no cost.
    Adults may come to the Health Department for vaccines, too!  Flu, Pneumonia, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Shingles Vaccines are offered for private purchase (or billed insurance).
    Most adults qualify for a tetanus shot with no insurance and no out of pocket expense!
    Immunizations are entered into the North Carolina Immunization Registry.
    Bring your shot record with you when you come!
    For information about immunizations, call (910) 347-2154, ext. 3992


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