There are new 2011 pertussis (or whooping cough) immunization requirements for students for the 2011-12 school year only. All students entering seventh through 12th grades will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school in the fall.
The requirement goes into effect July 1 for all students attending public or private schools. It does not, however, affect those enrolled in summer school. It can be met by receiving one dose of Tdap vaccine on or after the child’s 10th birthday.
Beginning July 1, 2012, and beyond, all students entering the seventh grade will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.
All students currently in sixth through 11th grade will need to show proof that they’ve received this booster shot prior to Aug. 1.
Proof of immunization can be provided to each school site before the end of the current school year.
Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at email@example.com.