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The North Dakota Department of Health Division of Immunizations supplies free vaccines for children who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, coordinates investigations of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs), provides education about immunizations and VPDs, monitors the state's immunization coverage rates and maintains and updates the North Dakota Immunization Information System (NDIIS).

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COVID-19 booster shot recommendation strengthened due to Omicron variant

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

On Monday, Nov. 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strengthened its recommendation for individuals 18 years and older to receive a COVID-19 booster shot due to the recent emergence of the COVID-19 B.1.1.529 variant known as Omicron.


NDDoH encourages COVID-19 booster vaccines for all eligible adults

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidelines for COVID-19 booster vaccines, expanding eligibility to all adults over 18 years of age who have completed their primary series. In advance of the holiday season, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is encouraging all adults (18 years and older) who are eligible to receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.


North Dakota pediatric influenza vaccination rates lagging behind previous years

Categories: General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges parents to get children vaccinated against influenza. Getting vaccinated has been shown to reduce illness, doctor visits, missed days of work and school. Influenza vaccine also decreases the risk of flu-related hospitalization and death in children.


North Dakota Department of Health to host Town Hall on COVID-19 vaccine booster and pediatric doses

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

Friday, Nov. 5, at 1:30 p.m. CT the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is hosting a live virtual Town Hall regarding the recent FDA authorization of both COVID-19 vaccine boosters for adults and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.


NDDoH to hold town hall on Friday to discuss pediatric COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 years

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

Tuesday, the CDC endorsed the recommendation from its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that children ages 5-11 be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine.

The CDC recommendation expands vaccines to 28 million children in the United States in this age group and allows providers to begin vaccinating them as soon as possible. In North Dakota, there are an estimated 82,082 children between the ages of 5 and 11.


NDDoH releases statement on FDA approval, CDC expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization

Yesterday evening, the CDC endorsed the recommendation from its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and expanded eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to those who previously received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine were already eligible for a booster dose. The decision also allows people to mix-and-match vaccine brands for their booster dose.


Pop-up clinic locations for the week of October 4

Categories: General, Immunization

Every week, NDDoH & Local Public Health have COVID-19 vaccine clinics in convenient locations known as "pop-up clinics" to make it easier to get vaccinated. This week there are 70+ pop-ups in addition to static COVID vaccine clinics! This week's pop-ups: http://health.nd.gov/PopUpClinics


Keep up to date with news and information from the NDDoH

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Healthy Living, Immunization, Infectious Disease

Are you looking for up-to-date information from the NDDoH while Facebook and Instagram are down? Check out our news feed or find us on twitter at @NDDOH


As strain on hospitals reaches tipping point, leaders urge public to help reduce need for hospitalization

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

From the Office of the Governor: 

Gov. Doug Burgum and chief medical officers and physicians from several of the state’s largest hospitals today warned that hospital capacity in North Dakota is reaching critical levels and urged the public to help reduce the need for hospitalization.


NDDoH to host live Town Hall to discuss COVID-19 vaccine boosters

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will host a live Town Hall event Thursday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. CT to discuss COVID-19 vaccine booster recommendations, availability, and long-term care planning.  


NDDoH releases statement on FDA approval, CDC recommendation of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series for certain individuals.


North Dakota Department of Health to host flu season kickoff event

Categories: General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is hosting a flu season virtual kickoff event Monday, September 27, at 9:00am CT. The event will be streamed live on the NDDoH social media channels and will have a virtual press room for the media to use to ask questions. 


National supply shortage, federal supply limits affect the availability of COVID-19 antibody treatment in ND

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization

Increased demand and limited supply have led to a change in how COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments will be distributed across the nation, impacting the availability of treatment for those infected with COVID-19.


Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine doses available in Bismarck this weekend

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization

The ND Department of Health has received a shipment of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine that needs to be distributed this weekend due to the date of expiration.

The Department of Health will be holding two special vaccine clinics to distribute 220 Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine doses this weekend.


NDDoH to host live Town Hall to discuss COVID-19 testing and treatments

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will host a live Town Hall event Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 12:30 p.m. CT to discuss COVID-19 testing and treatment. They will be discussing topics including the importance of testing, monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment and the use of Ivermectin.  


Burgum, hospital leaders to hold press briefing Wednesday on COVID-19 pandemic

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Immunization, Infectious Disease

Gov. Doug Burgum will hold a virtual press briefing with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and hospital officials from across the state at 10 a.m. CT, Wednesday, Sept. 1, to provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in North Dakota.


NDDoH to host live Town Hall to discuss ND COVID-19 Dashboard update, breakthrough, and reinfection data

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will host a live Town Hall event Thursday, Aug. 26, at 11:30 a.m. CT to announce an update to the NDDoH Coronavirus Cases Dashboard regarding breakthrough and reinfection data.


NDDoH releases statement on FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine; provides update regarding COVID-19 in ND

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age, and for the administration of a third dose to certain immunocompromised individuals.


NDDoH to hold press briefing Monday on FDA approval of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will hold a press briefing at 3 p.m. CT, Monday, Aug. 23, to discuss the FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and provide an update about the COVID-19 pandemic in North Dakota.


ACIP recommends additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised individuals

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Immunization

Late last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines for moderate to severely immunocompromised individuals. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges immunocompromised North Dakotans to consider receiving an additional dose to increase their immunity to COVID-19.


NDDoH to host live Town Hall with ND doctors to discuss back-to-school immunizations and COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Healthy Living, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will host a live, virtual “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event at 2:00 p.m. CT Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, with doctors from across the state to discuss back-to-school immunizations and COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens.


NDDoH to host live webinar about COVID-19 Delta variant and vaccine effectiveness

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will host a live webinar with Dr. Paul Carson, infectious disease specialist and professor of public health at North Dakota State University, and Molly Howell, immunization director for the NDDoH, to share information about the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus.


NDDoH reminds public to take precautions amid Delta variant concerns

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 has recently emerged as the dominant strain in the United States, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds the public of the importance of prevention measures and vaccinations to reduce the risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


NDDoH to host live Town Hall with North Dakota doctors to discuss COVID-19 vaccines and fertility

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will host a live, virtual “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event at 1 p.m. CT Wednesday, July 21, with doctors from across the state to discuss COVID-19 vaccines and fertility.


NDDoH confirms presence of COVID-19 delta variant in North Dakota

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced today that it has confirmed the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in North Dakota. The case occurred in an adult who was not hospitalized.


North Dakota Department of Health partners with Taxi 9000 to provide free transportation for COVID-19 vaccines

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is partnering with Taxi 9000 to provide free transportation to Bismarck and Mandan COVID-19 vaccination sites.


NDDOH adopts new masks guidelines from the CDC citing evidence of vaccine effectiveness in ND

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization

The North Dakota Department of Health  (NDDOH) released the following statement today regarding the new mask guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

"The CDC has announced that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask indoors and outdoors. Therefore, we, at the Department of Health, are aligning with the CDC recommendation,” said NDDOH State Health Officer, Dr. Nizar Wehbi.


NDDOH expands administration of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to youth ages 12-15

Categories: Coronavirus, Immunization

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday, May 12, 2021, new recommendations for all adolescents to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Recommendations followed Monday’s Food and Drug Administration decision to authorize emergency use of this vaccine in 12- through 15-year-old adolescents. The North Dakota Department of Health is also recommending that all adolescents 12 – 17 years of age be vaccinated.


NDDoH to host a live Town Hall with North Dakota doctors to discuss COVID-19 vaccines

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will host a live virtual “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event at 2:30 p.m. CT on Friday, May 7, with doctors from across the state to discuss the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.


North Dakota Department of Health continues public health recommendations after the emergency declaration ends April 30

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) emphasizes the importance of prevention measures and vaccinations to reduce the risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The increase in the number of active cases since early March, the emergence of new variants, and the increase in the number of hospitalizations highlight the fact that this virus is still circulating in our state.


FDA and CDC lift recommended pause on Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine use following a thorough safety review

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is following guidance from the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and lifting the pause in administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.


Make sure immunizations are on your back-to-school to-do list

Categories: General, Immunization

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) would like to remind parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on immunizations for school entry next fall.

North Dakota state law requires students in grades kindergarten through 12 to meet a minimum number of required immunizations before entering school. The NDDoH is encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated now, rather than waiting until right before school starts or before COVID-19 vaccine becomes available for children and adolescents.


CDC and FDA recommend pause for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Categories: Coronavirus, Emergency Response, General, Immunization

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is strongly urging that vaccine providers in the state pause use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine following a joint statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued on Tuesday.


Governor Burgum, Department of Health announce completion of COVID-19 vaccination plan and submission to CDC

Categories: Coronavirus, Immunization, Infectious Disease

Gov. Doug Burgum, in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), announced today that North Dakota has submitted its COVID-19 vaccination plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The plan can be found at health.nd.gov/covidvaccine.


North Dakota health officials report preliminary influenza vaccine effectiveness data

Categories: Immunization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published interim estimates of vaccine effectiveness data for the 2019-2020 seasonal influenza vaccine. The overall vaccine effectiveness against any influenza virus was 45%. This means that overall, the seasonal flu vaccine reduced the risk of getting sick and having to go the doctor from flu by about half.


Regular screenings critical for prevention of cervical cancer

Categories: Healthy Living, Immunization

Over the past several decades, rates of cervical cancer have decreased significantly, largely due to the increase in regular screenings and prevention efforts. This includes an increase in human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization rates, a virus that most often is the cause of cervical cancer.


Health experts emphasize five effective ways to prevent birth defects

Categories: Healthy Living, Immunization

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is joining with leading prenatal health experts from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, Teratology Society, and Mother To Baby, to increase awareness and emphasize five ways to prevent birth defects.


North Dakota health officials report increase in influenza

Categories: Healthy Living, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reporting a sharp increase in influenza activity and is reminding North Dakotans that it is not too late to get an influenza vaccine.


Get vaccinated against the flu to protect your loved ones

Categories: Healthy Living, Immunization, Infectious Disease

As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 1-7, 2019, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding all North Dakotans to get their flu vaccine before the holidays.


Be aware of meningococcal meningitis

Categories: Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has received reports of three individuals diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis in the past couple months; two have been confirmed by laboratory testing. Meningococcal meningitis is rare in North Dakota and the United States. Prior to 2019, the last cases were reported in 2014. Meningococcal meningitis is a severe infection of the bloodstream and meninges (the thin lining covering the brain and spinal cord) caused by the bacteria, Neisseria meningitidis.


No shots? No record? No school.

Categories: Healthy Living, Immunization, Infectious Disease

October 1 will be here before you know it and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on immunizations.


NDDoH recommends all North Dakotans get vaccinated against the flu

Categories: Healthy Living, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding all North Dakotans to get vaccinated against influenza. In an event held at the State Capitol, Governor Doug Burgum highlighted the importance of vaccination, stating, “Getting the flu vaccine is the easiest way to protect yourself, as well as your friends and family, from the flu.”


NDDoH is seeking information on exposure to puppy with rabies

Categories: Healthy Living, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is working with the South Dakota Department of Health in seeking individuals possibly exposed to a rabid puppy or the puppy’s littermates.


HPV immunization rates increase in North Dakota

Categories: Healthy Living, Immunization

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and the American Cancer Society North Region are pleased to report that the percent of teens in North Dakota receiving the first dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has increased from 72.5% in 2017 to 76.7% in 2018 according to information released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Add immunizations to your back-to-school to-do list

Categories: Infectious Disease, Immunization

The new school year will be here before you know it, and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) would like to remind parents to make sure their children are up to date on immunizations.


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To contact the Division of Immunizations, call 701-328-3386 or toll-free 1-800-472-2180