Why is Immunization Important?
One of the major goals of public health is to prevent disease. The development of vaccines to prevent diseases is one of the greatest achievements in the history of medicine. Vaccines have virtually eliminated many diseases that once caused death and disability. However, to ensure that these diseases do not return, immunization will remain an important focus of public health services.
What are the Current Childhood and Adult Immunization Schedules?
- Schedule for Person Birth through 18 yearsCatch-up Schedule
- Adult Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group
- Recommended Vaccinations Indicated for Adults Based on Medical and Other Indications
- Adult Contraindication and Precautions
What is the Immunization Rate in Carteret County?
According to the North Carolina Immunization Registry (NCIR) in 2012, 100% of two-year olds seen at the Health Department were up-to-date on their immunizations. Countywide in 2012, 82% of two-year olds were up-to-date.
What Childhood Immunizations Does the Health Department Provide?
We offer all the required childhood immunizations along with many recommended vaccines for children and adolescents. We do charge a fee for both required and recommended vaccines unless a child qualifies for the free vaccine program under Vaccine for Children Eligibility (VFC). Children that have full health insurance coverage for vaccines under their families health plan, will be referred to a private medical doctor.
To be eligible for the VFC program, children up through the age of 18 must meet at least one of the following:
- Medicaid or Medicaid-eligible
- Underinsured children whose health insurance does not cover the full cost of vaccination
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
Carteret County Health Department maintains and provides access to your child’s vaccine record on the North Carolina Immunization Registry. We are able to provide you with a copy of your child’s vaccine history if you have lost or misplaced your record.
What Adult Immunizations Does the Health Department Provide?
The Health Department provides Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Varicella for a fee for uninsured persons. Please call 728-8550 for fee information in advance of your visit. Persons with private insurance that covers immunizations will be referred to a private medical doctor.
Does the Health Department Provide Vaccine for Persons Traveling Abroad?
Carteret County Health Department currently does not have a travel clinic, but does maintain a list of travel clinics in eastern North Carolina which we can provide to you at your request. For more information, please call 252.728.8550. Another good source of health information before traveling abroad is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/travel, where you can learn about health conditions in the countries you will be visiting.
Where Can I Find Additional Up-to-Date Immunization Information?
For more information, please call Carteret County Health Department at 252.728.8550 or stop by our office at 3820 A Bridges Street in Morehead City. You can also refer to the NC Immunization Branch website at www.immunizenc.org.
CDC Immunization Schedules