September 26, 2002
STUDENTS TO BE EXCLUDED FOR FAILING
TO MEET IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIREMENT
Charlotte, NC – In a matter of weeks, a number of school children will be sent home for something they didn't do. The first day of classes was weeks ago, but some school-aged children still do not have all of their required immunizations. The Mecklenburg County Health Department offers an opportunity this weekend to get shot records up-to-date before children are excluded from school for not meeting this requirement.
North Carolina law requires kids to have updated immunization records before the first day of school. Students are allowed a grace period in order to get all of their immunizations; after that, school principals are to send those students home until the shot records are complete.
The Health Department provides parents a chance to avoid the inconvenience of a child being excluded, by offering immunizations at this weekend's "Big Shot Saturday." This Saturday, September 28, clinic nurses will be at the K-Mart at 2701 Freedom Drive from 9:00am to 11:00am to offer free immunizations.
"Big Shot Saturday" is an immunization effort aimed at kids between 2 months and 12 years. It's a convenient option for parents, too, since the Saturday hours are less likely to conflict with work hours or other weekday commitments. Another "Big Shot Saturday" is scheduled for October 12.
The Health Department always offers childhood immunizations free of charge. The only requirement is that parents bring their child's shot records. This will let the clinic nurses know what shots are needed. By law, the childhood immunization series must be complete before your child will be allowed entry into school.
Walk-in patients are welcome at the Health Department, but an appointment is recommended in order to avoid a long wait. Parents or guardians can call the Mecklenburg County Health Department's appointment line at 704-336-6500.
For more information about the Health Department's clinical services, "Big Shot Saturday", or to see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's childhood immunization schedule—in English or Spanish, check out our Web site at
http://www.meckhealth.org or click on this link: