Vaccination deadline Wednesday for NC students

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Hundreds of students across North Carolina could be suspended on Wednesday if they do not have the required Tdap vaccination.

Officials said there were more than 600 at Guilford County schools and around 750 at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools that still needed the vaccine last week.

The Guilford County Health Department said all of its vaccination appointments are full for the rest of the week.

Guilford County officials said if students still need the vaccination they call the health department to see it there’s a cancellation, call their private provider or call pharmacies that carry the vaccine.

State law requires that students who have not provided documentation of the vaccine must be excluded from school 30 calendar days after the start of the new school year.

Forsyth, Davidson and Guilford counties had some of the highest whooping cough cases in the state earlier this year.

Whooping cough – or pertussis – is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing and can last for weeks.