Teens Required to Get a Tdap Shot

By Ashka Patel

High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)–Teens in California must get a Tdap or whooping cough booster vaccine before they can attend school next August.

That’s what it indicates a new law passed by the legislature in September requiring all incoming seventh- through 12th-graders to get the shot.

School districts are sending out fliers, making automated phone calls among other methods to get the word out. Parents are being urged not to wait until the last minute to get their child vaccinated.

The school year may be ending in a few months, but it is never too early to plan for a variety vaccines required by the school district.


Tdap protects against three dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (also called pertussis). Whooping cough has been increasing in the United States  and continues to be widespread in California. For the 2011-12 school year only, seventh-graders through seniors will need proof of a Tdap shot before starting school.  For 2012-13 and beyond, only students entering the seventh grade will need proof of a Tdap shot.

Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) is widespread. If your child is 10 years or older and has not yet received the Tdap pertussis booster shot, please contact your doctor or your local health department. Getting a booster shot now will protect your child against the ongoing threat of pertussis and meet a new school requirement that begins in the 2011-2012 school year (California Law Assembly Bill 354. Adults also are advised to get a pertussis booster shot if they haven’t already, to protect themselves, their families, and their students.

For more information, click the link above or contact Tanya Martin, Nurse for VVUHSD at 760-955-3200, ext. 10238.

Silverado High School is having a Teen Expo on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10:00 am-2:00pm at the Early College Campus. Please call for more information call District Nurse Tanya Martin at 760-955-3201 ext 10238.

Free Whooping Cough Vaccine’s will be available to VVUHSD students Pertussis vaccine is available at all clinic sites in the County. There is a $10 fee for the vaccine. To make an appointment and get clinic schedules call 1 (800) 722-4777.

San Bernardino County Dept. of Public Health

Victor Valley

16453 Bear Valley Road Hesperia, CA 92345

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