Vaccine Suspensions

Hundreds of sixth graders across North Carolina have been suspended for not having their vaccinations updated.

A new state law requires every sixth-grader to receive one booster dose of tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, or Tdap.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Friday that 1,150 Guilford County students face suspension if they don't show updated shots. The Fayetteville Observer said 103 Cumberland County sixth-graders had been suspended since Wednesday for not having their shot.

The gas shortage in western North Carolina prompted Buncombe
County Schools to postpone this week's deadline for shots.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the booster after North Carolina saw an increase in whooping cough.

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