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​It's the Rule: No Shots, No School


Doctor giving immunization to child Big Shots Saturdays Help With Back-To-School Immunizations

New clothes? Check! New backpack? Check! Fresh haircut? Check! Everything on the teacher’s wish list? Check! So, what are you forgetting? The one thing that actually allows your child to go to school – their required immunizations.  If you’re child’s shots aren’t up to date, they might not be allowed to attend school.

North Carolina law mandates that all school-aged children be up to date with their shots in order to be enrolled in school. Children who do not have the minimum immunization by the Sept. 27, 2017 deadline will not be allowed to attend school.

To help keep kids from being excluded from school, Mecklenburg County Public Health in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the Junior League of Charlotte, is hosting three Big Shots Saturday events. Kids can get their back-to-school immunizations and the required health assessment.

Each clinic is open 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. To book your appointment in advance and for more information about required back to school immunizations visit

Big Shots Saturdays Schedule:

  • Sept. 9 –Mecklenburg County Northwest Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte
  • Sept. 16 – Mecklenburg County Southeast Health Department, 249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte
  • Sept. 23 – Mecklenburg County Norwest Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford. Rd., Charlotte


Parents need to bring their child’s official immunization records and at least one form of identification. Be mindful that some fees may be charged for certain immunizations.

Parents can always make an appointment for immunizations by calling the Public Health appointment line at 704-336-6500.