- How can I protect my child?
Families should visit their doctor or health care provider as
soon as possible to avoid the back-to-school rush. Your health care
provider can advise whether other family members may need to be
If you don’t have a regular doctor, check with your local county
health department about vaccination.
Costs for the whooping cough vaccine may be covered by your
health insurance plan. You can also check with your local or state
health department or your provider to see if you qualify for the
Vaccines For Children program. It offers vaccines at no cost for
eligible children through VFC-enrolled doctors.
- What if I can’t pay for immunization?
In San Joaquin County, Community Medical Centers and the San
Joaquin County Public Health Department both offer the Tdap
vaccination at a low cost. In some cases, students may qualify for
no-cost vaccinations. For further information, parents should call
the particular agency.
Walk-in patients can visit the Lodi Health Center at 300 W. Oak
St. between 8 a.m. and noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays and
Fridays. Call 331-7303 for more information. No child will be
denied immunization based on whether a family can pay.
The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District will offer
immunizations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 at McCaffrey Middle
School, 997 Park Terrace Drive. A parent or guardian must accompany
the student to receive the vaccination. Learn more at
- How can I document my child’s vaccine before school?
There are several different forms that can be used to document
when and where your child received Tdap. Some examples include a
Blue Card from the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), a
Yellow Card or California Immunization Record, or even a letter
from your doctor or health care provider.
Ask your school representatives, doctor or local county health
department about which forms are accepted as documentation of the
Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:00 am
Hundreds of students in seventh through 12th grade could be
prohibited from starting school in August unless they show proof of
receiving Tdap, the booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria and
pertussis, or whooping cough.
The deadline is Friday.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:00 am.