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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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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