Forsyth County health officials encourage parents to comply with new vaccine law before school year starts

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It’s hard to believe it's time to start thinking about "back to school."

However, it'll be here before we know it. That’s why it's important to keep in mind starting this school year that if your children are new to the North Carolina Public School System they will be required to get their shots.

Children enrolling in public schools for the first time must have a physical exam within 30 days of enrollment.

Kindergartners also must get physicals and a Dtap shot if they're older than 4 years old.

Seventh graders must get their Tdap booster shots. Piedmont-area health departments are encouraging parents to bring their children in now to avoid waiting next month.

“Also, children who are not vaccinated are at risk for these diseases but they can also be excluded from school in the event of an outbreak because that's the only way to protect them. So we want these children protected,” said Felicia Lovett, immunization program manager at the Forsyth County Department Public Health.

The Forsyth County Health Department expects to see about 5,000 students the start of this next school year.