Without Vaccine, Kids Face Suspension

If your child started kindergarten or sixth grade this year, Thursday is the last day to get their shots before they could face suspension from school.

North Carolina lawmakers have changed the rules to require a booster dose of the TDAP tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine.

Pertussis is better known as whooping cough. The rule change comes because of the amount of pertussis cases discovered statewide. The vaccinations will be provided at no cost since it is a requirement.

Craven County school officials say that 182 students countywide are currently not up to date. The school district says 55 of these students are at Grover C. Fields middle school.

The vaccinations may be provided by scheduling an appointment with your child's regular care provider or your local health department.

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