In September the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 354 creating a new law mandated that all incoming 7th-12th graders get a whooping cough booster shot, called Tdap, before entering school for the 2011-202 school year. Students who have not received this booster shot prior to the beginning of the school year will not be allowed to start school.
Please check your child’s immunization record and if they have already the booster shot TDAP vaccine, please bring a copy of your record to the school nurse as soon as possible. If your child has not had this immunization, we encourage you to contact your child’s doctor now to schedule an immunization appointment. After your child receives this vaccine, bring documentation of this Tdap booster to your booster to your school nurse. Some children may qualify for free immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is widespread throughout California. This vaccine can help keep your child and family protected. For more information about the law and where to get shots, please visit www.sdiz.org or call 211.