Posted by Doug Wahl - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Health Department is trying to avoid a problem it had last year.
Just prior to the start of the school year health department workers had to track down a number of rising 6th graders who had failed to get vaccinated with a Tdap shot, without the shot the kids couldn't go to school.
This year, the Health Department wants to get those kids before they even leave for summer vacation. On Tuesday and Wednesday the department will be holding clinics specifically to give out the shots.
Three years ago the state of North Carolina required that all students receive a Tdap vaccine before entering the sixth grade. Tdap protects against three diseases; Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) The Tdap booster is licensed for ages 10 years and older.
The Health Department will keep its offices open later than normal this week to meet the need. The shots will be provided from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m on both Tuesday and Wednesday; no appointments are necessary.