8/16/2013 5:59:00 AM Seventh graders need Tdap before start of school
Special to the Times
BLYTHE - For the 2013-2014 school year, and all future school years, all students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called "Tdap") for school in the fall.
This school immunization law affects all students in public and private institutions.
Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from either early childhood immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible again to pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against pertussis.
For more information contact Palo Verde Unified School District nurse at 760-922-7148 or visit http://www.shotsforschool.org/tdaplaw.html