Health immunizations vital to children


Jo Ellen Naylor, RN - Sampson County Health Department



School is out for summer and the children are excited, but right now is a good time for parents to schedule school physicals, especially kindergarten physicals or appointments for the children’s vaccines.

Any child moving to North Carolina and entering a North Carolina school system for the first time is required by law to have a physical within thirty days of entering the school. It is important for children to have regular physicals to make sure they are healthy as well as to make sure they are meeting developmental milestones. Here at Sampson County Health Department, we provide Well Child Check Physical Exams which include hearing screens, vision screens, developmental screens, blood pressure screens, and measure height, weight, and body mass index (BMI), any needed lab work along with the physical exam.

It is a good time to ask questions or voice any concerns you have about your growing child during your child’s check-up. We also have a Sickle Cell Counselor that comes every month and provides counseling for patients with Sickle Cell Trait or Sickle Cell Disease.

It is very important for your child to be up to date on immunizations. We can provide immunizations during a Well Child Check Physical Exam or you can schedule an appointment through our Walk-In clinic. Under North Carolina law, all school children must be up to date on their immunizations within thirty days of entering school. This includes a booster dose of Tdap and a dose of Meningococcal vaccine for children entering 7th grade or by 12 years of age, whichever comes first. We enter all immunizations given into the North Carolina Immunization Registry and provide parents with a personal copy and a copy to give to school of their child’s vaccine record.

Sampson County Health Department looks forward to serving you — our community. Call with any questions concerning Well Child Check Physical Exams or immunizations at 910-592-1131, ext. 4247. To make an appointment for a Well Child Check Physical Exam or to get your child immunized, please call 910-592-1131, ext. 4001 or 4220.

Remember: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Jo Ellen Naylor, RN

Sampson County Health Department

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