State extends vaccination deadline because of Florence

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Florence, North Carolina health officials are giving families longer to obtain required school and daycare immunizations.

The News & Observer reports an order this week by the state’s health director means all students have until Dec. 1 to provide the required documentation. Typically, students must show they have received the required vaccines by the 30th day of school.

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N.C. Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Kelly Haight says some immunization clinics were canceled because of Florence.

Haight added that some families might have lost their children’s records as a result of flooding that followed the storm or that some doctors’ offices may have lost vaccines that weren’t kept at proper temperatures due to power outages.