As kids get older, protection from some childhood vaccines, like whooping cough, begins to wear off. Plus, older kids can develop risks for other diseases such as meningitis and HPV through the different activities and social settings that they encounter during this period of their lives. Health check-ups and sports or camp physicals can be a good for preteens and teens to get the recommended vaccines before going off to school or work.
Talk to your doctor or call the Immunization Clinic with any questions you might have about immunizations.
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)
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Your Child's Immunization Records
Your child's immunization records are often required to register children for school, participate on athletic teams, attend summer camps or travel outside the United States. It is also important to have your child's immunization records so you can know when they need different immunizations or booster shots as they get older. Talk to your doctor or call our Immunization Clinic with questions or to obtain official copies of immunization records.
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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