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Immunizations for Children

National Infant Immunization Week is April 25 – May 2, 2020

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

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). This year, more than ever, we recognize the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children and communities and the nation’s public health from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. As opportunities for in-person learning and play grow, CDC recommends families check with their healthcare providers to make sure children are up to date on routinely recommended vaccines, following disruptions from COVID-19.

Recommended Immunization Schedules for Infants, Children and Adolescents

Parents, here are some resources to help keep your children and adolescents on track with their immunizations. Find parent-friendly immunization schedules for infants and children (birth to 6 years) here. Easy-to-read recommended immunization schedules for preteens and teenagers (ages 7 to 18 years) can be found here. Concerned your child behind in their immunizations? Review CDC’s immunization catch up schedule or use CDC’s vaccine assessment tool to learn which vaccines your children and adolescents (from birth through 18 years old) may need. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions about immunizations your child may need.

School Entry

In North Carolina, vaccination records are checked when a child is enrolled in a child care facility or school. Children are not allowed to attend school (whether public, private or religious) or a child care facility unless they have received all required immunizations appropriate for their age. 

Immunization records are checked at the following times:

Certain exemptions to North Carolina’s Immunization Law are allowed.

Additional Resources:



Updated: March 24, 2022