July 9, 2002
MEDICAL DIRECTOR TO UPDATE COMMISSIONERS
ON PROGRESS OF IMMUNIZATIONS EFFORTS
Charlotte, NC - The Medical Director of the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Dr. Stephen Keener, is scheduled to update County Commissioners at this evening's Board meeting about efforts to increase the percentage of Charlotte-Mecklenburg students who begin classes with up-to-date immunization records.
At the start of the 2000-2001 school year, 40 percent of new kindergarten students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) did not have up-to-date shot records. Those students were given a 30-day grace period in order to get the required vaccinations. At the end of that 30 days, 12 percent still did not have the required shots.
The Health Department and CMS are working even more closely together to get more students properly immunized by providing a school nurse during summer registration at the new CMS Family Applications Center and by educating school administrators about the state's requirements.
North Carolina law requires that all students entering school have up-to-date vaccination records. Additionally, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students must present a copy of a physical exam, done after August 15, 2001, in order to register for school. Parents are advised to make an appointment for those physicals if they have not already done so.
For more information about the required shots and a look at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended childhood immunization schedule, visit the Health Department's Web site at
http://www.meckhealth.org, or check out the following link:
Immunizations are free at the Mecklenburg County Health Department's immunization clinics.
Walk-in patients are always welcome, but are encouraged to make an appointment to avoid the back-to-school rush for immunizations. Call the immunization clinic at 704-336-6500 for an appointment.