Are vaccinations mandatory in NC?

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Summer is almost over. Now, families are preparing for the start of school.

For most children, that means it’s time to get vaccinations. However, not every parent wants to follow the school’s rules.

Some CBS 17 viewers wanted to know if vaccinations are really mandatory in North Carolina, and are there any risks for not getting them? 

Health Leaders stated vaccinations are mandatory in most schools, but North Carolina leaves it up to the parents to decide on vaccinations. Moms and dads can opt out for medical or religious reasons.

School officials said there could be a disruption in education for non-vaccinated students. 

“If something happened and there was an outbreak of one of those illnesses — that, in those cases, students would be required to be out of school because we wouldn’t want them to be exposed,” said CMS Health Specialist Monica Adamian . 

Health officials stated vaccinations and learning go hand in hand. They said it’s in the best interest of children.

According to school officials, those parents who are getting their kids vaccinated should do it now while clinics aren’t busy. Wake Country traditional schools starts back Aug. 27.

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