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  Johnston County
  Public Health Department

  517 N. Brightleaf Blvd.
  Smithfield, NC 27577
  Phone: (919) 989-5200

  Mon.-Thurs., 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  Public Health Director:
  Dr. Marilyn Pearson

  Clinic Fax Numbers:  
  Medical Records: 919-989-5278
  Primary Care: 919-989-5279
  Epidemiology: 919-989-5287
  Family Planning:  919-989-5266
  Maternity:  919-989-5266
  Child Health: 919-989-5199
  WIC: 919-989-5298

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Johnston County North Carolina

Immunization Requirement for Rising Sixth Graders

Attention: Parents of Rising 6th Graders

Effective January 1, 2008, North Carolina Law now requires a Tdap booster for entry into 6th grade.


Why is Tdap needed?
To protect against pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus and diphtheria. Over time, protection wears off so a booster is needed to stay fully protected.

What if my child already had a Td (tetanus/diphtheria) booster?
If it has been more than five years since your child received a tetanus shot (DTaP, DTP or Td), they will need the Tdap booster. Almost all rising 6th graders will need to get the Tdap booster. However, if it had been less than five years since your child has received a tetanus containing vaccine, they will be deferred until five years has passed from last dose of tetanus (DTP, DTaP DT or TD).

What do I need to do?
Talk to your child's doctor to find out if Tdap booster is needed. Make sure your child gets Tdap booster before school starts. Get a copy of your child's shot record to take to school. While at the doctor, check to make sure your child is up to date with other vaccines and their yearly check up.

Where can my child get a Tdap?
Your child's doctor or health care provider. If your child does not have a health care provider, contact the Johnston County Health Department. Contact Lee Ann Keen, RN Child immunization Coordinator for questions (989-5200).

Registration is necessary to ensure vaccine is available, to avoid wait time and to check eligibility. Appointments are also available during regular clinic hours

What is the cost of Tdap vaccine?
Cost of the vaccine is depends on your insurance status and/or financial status. Regulations on vaccines have changed and your child may or may not qualify for a free vaccine.

Johnston County Public Health Department accepts Medicaid, North Carolina Health Choice and Medicare insurance. For all other patients we accept cash, personal checks, debit cards, and MasterCard/Visa/Discover credit cards.

No vaccine will be given unless the parent or legal guardian comes with each child. We must have the child's official immunization record.


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517 N. Brightleaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: (919) 989-5200
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