Tdap Booster Required to Attend First Day of School Next Year

As a result of Assembly Bill 354, all students entering grades 7 – 12  in the 2011-2012 school year are required to be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster (Tdap).  This new requirement goes into effect July 1, 2011 and impacts all grade 7 – 12 students.

Students will not be permitted to attend school without proof of the Tdap booster.  Please keep several copies of your Tdap booster immunization proof.

Your child will be considered to have met the new school requirement with proof of getting a dose of Tdap on or after their 7th birthday.  However, it is recommended that children receive Tdap on or after their 10th birthday to provide better protection throughout their adolescent years.

Please see www.shotsforschool.org for more information.