7 – 12 Graders must get Tdap vaccine
June 14th, 2011 by admin
Tdap Requirement for 2011-2012 School Year
A new requirement from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, mandates that all students in grades 7th – 12th show proof of having had the whooping cough booster shot, called “Tdap,” before starting school in September 2011. Tdap protects against 3 dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis). If your child has had a dose of Tdap on or after their 7th birthday, it is recommended that they have another dose on or after their 10th birthday to provide better protection throughout their adolescent years. If they have not had a Tdap shot at all, now is definitely the time to obtain one.