New bill requires pertussis booster shots.
For the 2011-2012 school year, a new law now requires that all entering or continuing 7th-12th graders show proof of a whooping cough booster shot, called Tdap, before starting school. This shot is routinely recommended for children ages 10 and older. The requirement can be met by receiving one dose of Tdap vaccine on or after the student's 10th birthday.
Beginning July 1, 2012, and impacting the 2012-2013 school year and beyond, all students entering 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.
Click here for more information from the California Department of Public Health.
Click here for a FAQ regarding this new requirement.
Click here for information about the Marin County Tdap clinics during the week of August 15th.Click here for the consent form required to participate in the Tdap clinics.
Please call your health care provider as soon as possible to see if you need to schedule an appointment for your student, click here for information about low and no cost immunization resources in Marin County, or visit the EZIZ.org website to find additional providers.
For more information, please go to http://www.eziz.org/resources/materials_pertussis.html.