All students entering grades 7 through 12 must provide proof of immunization against whooping cough (also known as pertussis) for the upcoming school year. In light of California’s recent whooping cough epidemic, this is even more important to protect students and their families.
“The best way to get the pertussis vaccine, called ‘Tdap’, is through your family’s health care provider since they can also provide any other needed vaccines and care,” said Dr. Richard Burton, Placer County Health Officer. “However, the new school year is approaching quickly, so Placer County has been offering low-cost Tdap vaccine clinics during August for those students that would otherwise be unable to obtain the vaccine before school,” he added.
Placer County will also be offering additional Tdap vaccine clinics for the North Tahoe and Truckee area in collaboration with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. There is no cost for the vaccine due to support from the California Department of Public Health for these school-based clinics. The vaccine will be offered at the following locations:
Truckee High School – Aug. 22nd 3-7 PM
11725 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee
North Tahoe School – Aug. 23 10-2 PM
2945 Polaris Rd., Tahoe City
Alder Creek Middle School August 25 4-6 PM
10931 Alder Dr., Truckee
Vaccinating students will be the priority at these clinics; however, others may also be able to get the vaccine if supplies last.
Tdap immunization now will not only meet new school requirements, but will also help protect all children from the threat of pertussis by reducing the possibility of spread to others. Whooping cough can be debilitating to anyone, but young infants are the most vulnerable to severe illness from this infectious disease.
The new requirement applies to students in both public and private schools – all 7th-12th graders will need documentation of having received this vaccine since their 7th birthday. Parents are urged not to wait until school starts – under the new law, these students will need proof of vaccination for the school year that is about to begin.
For more information, please call the Placer County Community Health information line at (530) 889-7161, or check www.placer.ca.gov.