School Clinics Aim to Make Tdap Vaccination Easier

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To help parents comply with a new law, Shasta County Public Health is partnering with the Shasta County Office of Education and local high schools to offer eight clinics at Shasta County schools to give booster shots to protect against whooping cough. The first is Tuesday.

AB 354 requires all children entering 7th through 12th grade to have the Tdap booster vaccine, more commonly known as the “whooping cough” shot, before starting the 2011-2012 school year. The clinics will be held during the school day for parents’ convenience:

Enterprise High School: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 17
Shasta High School: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 18
University Preparatory High School: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 18
Central Valley High School: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 19
Anderson High School: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 24
Foothill High School: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 25
Burney High School: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 31
Fall River High School: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 7

Buses will be available to take students from some Shasta County middle schools to these high school clinics. Detailed information will be provided by your child’s school.

Parents should check their children’s yellow Immunization Record or ask their medical provider whether their child has already received the correct vaccine (Tdap, Boostrix or Adacel). If it reads DTaP, DT or Td, it does NOT meet the requirement and the child WILL need a Tdap vaccination.

Informational packets about the school clinics will be sent home with students. Parents who want their children to receive the vaccine at school must return a signed consent form, a signed HIPAA privacy statement and payment.

For general questions about the school clinic, please contact your child’s school. For questions about the vaccine, call Shasta County Public Health at 225-5591.

-from press release

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