Important Information for Parents of Kindergarten Students
New Immunization Requirements for School Entry Beginning July 1, 2015
Children who start kindergarten on or after July 1, 2015 will be required to have additional vaccines to
protect them from serious diseases. Kindergartners will now be required to have two doses of varicella
(chickenpox) vaccine if they do not have a history of disease documented by a health care provider and
the 4th dose of polio vaccine must be given after 4 years of age and before entering school for the first
Thanks to the success of vaccines we don't see these diseases very often; however they do still exist and
can cause serious illness, disabilities and even death. Don't let your child go unprotected. Vaccines are
safe and effective. The most common side effects are pain and swelling at the site where the shot was
given. Some people may experience a headache and fever. Serious reactions to vaccines are very rare.
Talk with your child's health care provider or the local health department about vaccines they may need
to be protected and for school entry. This is a great chance to get your child to the doctor for a yearly
health care visit.
Your child will have to provide proof of vaccination on the first day of school. Please remember to bring
your child's shot record for school entry. You can get your child's shot record from his/her doctor or the
local health department.
To learn more about these vaccines and the diseases they prevent visit the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ or the North Carolina Immunization Branch website at