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Proof of Tdap vaccination required for 6th-12th grade students

Beginning this school year (2013-2014), all students in Illinois entering or transferring into 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th,11th, or 12th grades will be required to show proof of receipt of one dose of Tdap vaccine (combined tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis), regardless of how recently they last received a DTaP, DT or Td dose.

Parents should turn in the required documentation to the school nurse on or before the first day of school (August 14).  This requirement is important because pertussis (whooping cough) disease continues to occur throughout many Illinois communities.  Vaccination of children and teens reduces illness among school-age students. In addition, pertussis infections in babies can be fatal, and reducing the spread of pertussis through vaccination of community members helps to protect babies, especially those who are too young to be fully vaccinated.

The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends that parents get their adolescents immunized now to avoid a last-minute rush!  Students in 6th through 12th grades without adequate proof of vaccination may be excluded from school when school starts this August, according to Illinois school law.  CLICK HERE for a flier about low-cost vaccination clinics and student physicals open to the public on July 16 and July 17 at Dundee-Crown High School; August 1 at the deLacey Family Education Center; and August 5 at Lakewood School.

Most students have probably already received the vaccine, and their parents simply need to provide the school with verifying documentation from the family’s health care provider.  Acceptable documentation for students entering 6th through 12th grades for the 2013-14 school year includes the following:

* Note or letter, signed by health care provider and identifying the vaccine (Tdap) with the date (month, day, and year) that it was administered.

* Print-out from health care provider's electronic medical record system that identifies Tdap vaccination(s) and date administered.

* Current certificate of Child Health Examination, specifying Tdap and date administered.

In addition to health care providers, many local health departments and pharmacies also offer the vaccine.   As noted above, there will be low-cost clinics in the D300 area in July and August.

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