Pertussis _Whooping Cough_ Alert by ghkgkyyt

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									                       Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Alert
                        New Immunization Requirement

        All parents should be aware that pertussis (whooping cough) has been
widespread in California and is especially dangerous for babies. The California
Department of Public Health is recommending that all Californians 10 years and
older receive the booster shot, known as Tdap (Tetanus toxoid, reduced
diphtheria toxoid and acelular pertussis vaccine), to protect them against
pertussis.
        On 1/1/11, Assembly Bill 354 became law requiring all students entering
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7 , 8 , 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades, in the 2011-2012 school year, to provide
proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school. Beginning July 1, 2012 and
beyond, all students entering seventh grade will need proof of a Tdap booster
before starting school. These requirements can be met by receiving the Tdap
booster on or after the 10th birthday.
        If your child is 10 years or older and has not yet received the Tdap booster
shot, please contact your doctor. Getting the Tdap booster shot now will protect
your child against the ongoing threat of pertussis and will meet the new school
immunization requirement that begins next school year. Adults are also advised
to get the pertussis booster shot to protect themselves and their families.
        For more information, please contact your school nurse or visit the
California Department of Public Health’s website: www.cdph.ca.gov.

								
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