The map above shows schools in North Carolina that reported vaccination numbers for the 2018-2019 school year, the most recent available. To find the measles vaccination rate at a specific school, click the drop down menu to find your school.
The schools that have met the herd immunity standard of 95% are shown in green, and the schools that fall below a measles vaccination rate below 95% are shown in red.
Source: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
North Carolina tracks immunization rates in students enrolled in kindergarten and 7th grade. Students are required to obtain immunizations within 30 days of their first attendance.
When a large percentage of the population is vaccinated, the spread of disease is limited; this indirectly protects non-immunized individuals, including those who cannot be vaccinated. This is known as “herd” or community immunity. The World Health Organization recommends vaccination rates in the mid-90% range to protect a population from measles. Schools with immunization rates that fall below that rate are shown as red dots.
Data obtained from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shows an increase in the number of students who have religious exemptions for immunizations from 2011-2019. Under North Carolina law, statements of religious objection to immunization do not need to be notarized, signed by a religious leader or prepared by an attorney. They do not need to be submitted to the state for review or approval.