If your child is entering the 7th through 12th grade in a public or private school in California in the 2011-12 school year, they will be required to receive the booster shot against pertussis (whooping cough). The new law is a result of the passage of Assembly Bill 354, which requires students to have the Tdap immunization due to the whooping cough epidemic in California. Tdap stands for Tetanus toxoid, reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and acellular Pertussis vaccine.
Every school district in the state recently received an “early alert to schools” from the California Department of Health (CDH) which informed schools of the new requirement. Exemptions are allowed for verified medical conditions or personal beliefs. In Mountain View, the law impacts students at Crittenden and Graham Middle Schools and Mountain View and Alta Vista High Schools.
Specifically, beginning with the 2011-12 school year,California students entering grades 7 through 12 will need to show the school proof of a Tdap booster shot before they can begin school the year. This requirement can be met by getting one dose of the whooping cough/tetanus vaccine on or after the student’s 10th birthday. Summer school students are not affected by this part of the new law that begins July 1, 2011
Beginning July 1, 2012, California students entering 7th grade must provide proof of the pertussis booster shot before starting the school year. Adults should also get a Tdap shot, if needed, to protect their family and themselves against whooping cough.
Early Alert to Schools Letter, CA Dept of Public Health.