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Tdap Vaccines Available During School Hours

This Spring, Buncombe County Department of Health and local public schools are working together to make the healthy choice the easy choice by offering  5th graders an opportunity to get a required vaccine, Tdap, during the school day.  Tdap vaccine clinics are being offered at elementary schools across Asheville and Buncombe County.  NC State Law requires that children receive this vaccine before they can begin their sixth grade school year.  The vaccine protects against serious illness resulting from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). 

A 5th grade Tdap vaccine clinic is scheduled for one day at each city, county and charter school, during the month of April. The dates for these clinics are listed below.  Information packets will be sent home with students soon and will contain specific information about the vaccine, clinics, and the school clinic schedule.  There is no charge for those who are uninsured, and private insurance and/or Medicaid will be billed for the cost of the vaccine – parents do not need to send money to school with their child.  

Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s healthcare provider if they have questions about the Tdap vaccine, or they may call the Buncombe County Department of Health’s Immunization Clinic at 250-5096.

Parent information about the school Tdap clinics is available at, or by calling 250-5057 with questions about the school clinics.

Table: News Item Documents
File NameSizeTypeDate & Time Added
Vaccination Schedule 184 KB 03/12/2013 3:18 PM
Parent Letter - English 292 KB 03/12/2013 3:20 PM
Vaccine Information Sheet - English 232 KB 03/11/2013 2:22 PM
Consent Form - English 364 KB 03/12/2013 3:22 PM
Parent Letter - Spanish 155 KB 03/11/2013 2:21 PM
Vaccine Information Sheet - Spanish 137 KB 03/11/2013 2:22 PM
Consent Form - Spanish 709 KB 03/12/2013 3:22 PM
Parent Letter - Russian 208 KB 03/11/2013 2:21 PM
Vaccine Information Sheet - Russian 175 KB 03/11/2013 2:22 PM
Consent Form - Russian 731 KB 03/12/2013 3:22 PM