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The NC Immunization Branch promotes public health through the identification and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases like polio, hepatitis B, measles, chickenpox, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella and (German measles). Our goal is for all North Carolinians to be up-to-date with their immunizations across their lifespan. Ensuring high immunization levels protects families and communities from preventable illness and disease outbreaks. We draw upon the expertise of local governments, school and community leaders, and healthcare providers across the state to ensure that all North Carolinians have equitable access to the vaccines they need to stay healthy.

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CDC Update: Clinical Considerations for Providers Caring for Newcomers from Ukraine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is supporting the arrival of displaced Ukrainians across the U.S. Please review CDC's Interim Clinical Considerations for Providers Caring for Newcomers from Ukraine for important information, including immunization recommendations and key provider resources addressing potentially common, communicable diseases that may be present among this population. Click here for additional information.


National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW): April 24 – 30, 2022

This National Infant Immunization Week, it’s more important than ever to help protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases. COVID-19 has caused many disruptions in families’ lives – and in some cases, it has meant that children have missed or delayed their wellness checkups and vaccination, which are a critical part of ensuring children stay healthy. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children stay on track with their well-child appointments and routine vaccinations. Talk to your child’s doctor to make sure they are up-to-date.

2022 ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedules Released

The 2022 ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedules were released February 17, 2022. In collaboration with healthcare partners, CDC has updated versions of the recommended U.S. immunization schedules for children and teens as well as for adults. Several additional formats of the schedules, including parent-friendly versions, are available on the newly redesigned and improved CDC Immunization Schedules website. Included are the following:

Influenza Season is Here

Influenza, or “flu,” is a contagious respiratory virus that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Those at high risk for serious flu complications include older people, young children, people with certain health conditions or compromised immune systems. Here is what you need to know this season.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids 5-11 Years

The rollout of COVID-19 shots for children 5-11 years means close to 900,000 North Carolinians will be better protected from COVID-19.  The vaccine is free, safe and effective. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens.  Find out about statewide efforts to get kids vaccinated.  Find a Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5–11 years near you.

Layer Up. Get Your Flu and COVID Shots

Both influenza and COVID-19 are spreading across NC. Protect yourself and those around you by getting your COVID-19 and flu vaccines at the same time. They are available in nearly every pharmacy and doctor’s office.  COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Flu vaccines are often available at little to no cost.  Contact your health care provider or visit vaccinefinder.org to find a convenient location to get a flu vaccination near you.

COVID-19 Booster Shots and Booster

To strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19, boosters are now available to all eligible North Carolinians 12 years and older. Get a booster anywhere COVID-19 vaccines are available. Booster doses are free for everyone. No insurance or doctor's note is needed.  Learn if you are eligible for a booster and find a location near you to receive a booster.

2022 ‘You Call the Shots’ Training Modules

‘You Call the Shots’ is an interactive, web-based immunization training course for healthcare providers that discuss vaccine-preventable diseases and explain the latest recommendations for vaccine use. The following modules have been updated to include the latest guidelines and recommendations in vaccine practice:

Visit the webpage for more information. 

NC’s COVID-19 Dashboard

For the latest about COVID-19 in North Carolina, visit the NCDHHS COVID-19 website.  Here you will find the up-to-date guidance for vaccines and boosters, a data dashboard, and the information you need to stay safe and slow the spread.  Guidance and materials for special groups – such as schools, businesses, and parents – are included.

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Immunization Branch Contacts

  • Storage and Handling: (919) 707-5574
  • On-call Nurse (Clinical Questions):
    (919) 707-5575
  • Clinical Questions: (919) 707-5575
  • Vaccine Order and Inventory (including COVID-19 vaccine): (877) 873-6247
  • The North Carolina Immunization Registry (NCIR): (877) 873-6247

You can also contact your Regional Immunization Nurse (RIN) or Regional Immunization Consultant (RIC) or fill out an Immunization Inquiry Webform

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