STOCKTON, CA – In response to Assembly Bill (AB) 354, Lincoln High School will be hosting an educational event titled, “New Rule: Tdap Before School” awareness. Qualifying students will receive Tdap shots, and volunteer staff are committed to make phone calls to students who have yet to be vaccinated. Physicians and school administrators will be available to answers questions about pertussis (whooping cough) and the new school rule.
Starting the 2011-12 school year all California students are required to have a Whooping Cough immunization prior to attending school. The student immunization Bill passed and was signed into law late 2010 by Governor Schwarzenegger.
According to the California Department of Public Health Whooping cough has turned epidemic, including nine infant deaths, in California during 2010 and recommends that all Californians 10-years and older receive a booster shot (also known as “Tdap”1) against pertussis .
The bill requires students entering 7th through 12th grade to have proof of Tdap booster shot before entering school starting July 1, 2011 and the requirement applies to all public and private schools. However, it does not affect students enrolled in summer school.
These requirements apply to millions of students in California.
Updates on implementing this new law will be available for everyone to review later in the 2010-11 school year at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Pertussis.aspx, which currently has general information about pertussis disease and immunization.
For more information on getting vaccinated against pertussis, parents are urged to call their healthcare provider, or Public Health Services. For general information on pertussis, visit San Joaquin County Public Health Services at http://www.sjcphs.org, http://www.shotsforschool.org, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov. To hear the sounds of pertussis, visit http://www.sjcphs.org/disease/pertussis.htm.