As students and families look ahead to next school year, the Lassen County Public Health Department would like to remind you that if your child will be entering the seventh through 12th grade, he or she must receive the new “Tdap” vaccination for whooping cough, or pertussis, before the first day of school.
California State Assembly Bill 354 was passed in September of last year in response to the worst outbreak of whooping cough in the state since the 1940’s. At least 10 infants reportedly died from whooping cough in 2010.
Though you may remember your child receiving the whooping cough vaccination as a baby, the vaccine can often wear off after approximately five years, so doctors are administering the new “Tdap” booster shot.
According to the new state law, all children entering the seventh through 12th grades must show proof of having received the new “Tdap” booster shot before the first day of the 2011-12 school year, otherwise they cannot start school. The only exception will be if a family applies for an exemption, such as for personal beliefs or if a child possesses a medical condition that does not allow for the vaccination.
The “Tdap” booster can be received at your local health provider or at a special immunization clinic the Public Health Department will be holding on July 13th. The cost of the immunization will be $13.00 and the clinic will be held between 11:00a.m. and 7:00p.m. at 1445 Paul Bunyan Road. You are required to bring your current immunization record.
For more information call the Lassen County Department of Public Health at 530.251.8183.