Immunizations provide a shield of protection from dangerous diseases. Children entering sixth grade need booster vaccines to give them extra protection against diseases such as meningitis, measles, whooping cough, and chicken pox.
Between 7 and 12 years of age, your child should visit the doctor once a year for check-ups. Check with your doctor about catching up on any missed vaccinations. During this time, your child should also receive the flu vaccine.
Talk to your doctor or call the Immunization Clinic with any questions you might have about immunizations.
View the new immunization requirements for rising 7th graders.
learn more about the meningitis vaccine, read the fact sheet.
Immunizations Required For School Entry
NORTH CAROLINA LAW REQUIRES CHILDREN TO BE VACCINATED FOR CERTAIN DISEASES. CHILDREN MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED VACCINES BEFORE THEY MAY ENTER SCHOOL. (NC LAW GS 130A 152)
See the immunizations that sixth graders need for school entry.
If you are promoting immunizations within your school or organization, please click here.
There are fees for almost all child immunizations. We accept the following forms of payment:
- Insurance — please bring insurance info with you. We bill Medicaid, Medicare, and most private insurances.
- Self-pay — we accept cash, money orders, checks, debit and credit cards
- The state of North Carolina offers certain free vaccines to those who qualify.
- Learn more about fees and billing options.
Buncombe County participates in the Vaccines for Children(VFC) program. For more information or to determine if your child is eligible for the VFC program call (828) 250-5096. All required vaccines are offered at no charge for eligible children 18 years of age and below. Please bring your child's insurance card with you if they have one as well as their immunization card showing past immunizations.
What you do matters! Immunizations protect all of us. Talk to your doctor or call the Immunization Clinic if you have questions about immunizations.
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