County Reminds Parents that 7th Graders Need Vaccinations

All San Diego County 7th graders will need the pertussis vaccine to return to school this fall.

Ramona tweens might be busy enjoying the summer break and not thinking about vaccines; however, County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials are urging parents to ensure their 11- and 12-year-old children have been immunized against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, before they get back to school.

“Immunizations help keep children healthy at home and at school,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer. “Parents should check-in with their medical provider now to make sure that their kids are caught up on immunizations and can start school on time.”

Last year, a new law went into effect requiring a whooping cough booster shot or Tdap before middle and high school students could re-enter school.

This year, all students going into 7th grade will be required to show proof of having received the pertussis booster shot or they will not be allowed in school. This includes current students, new students and transfer students in both public and private schools. Students who have already received the vaccine simply need to supply proof to the school.

To date, the number of pertussis cases jumped to 68 in the county.  This includes two case where there was a potential for exposure to the public: a 14-year-old student at Sweetwater High School who was up-to-date with immunizations and a 4-month-old at Naval Air Station North Island Child Development Center who was up to date for age, but not old enough to have the full five DTap series of shots.  A total of 436 pertussis cases were reported last year.

“Vaccinated students who still contract pertussis generally have milder cases of the disease than those who are unvaccinated,” added Wooten. 

The California School Immunization Law also requires children to receive other immunizations to be admitted to school or childcare. Parents are advised to see their primary care physicians for immunization schedule. August is NationalImmunization Awareness Month, a good time for children, and adults, to get the recommended vaccines against infectious diseases.

Parents can obtain the vaccines, including the Tdap booster shot, for themselves and their children through their primary care physicians. Local retail pharmacies offer vaccinations for a fee, and anyone who is not covered by a medical insurance plan can get the shot from a County Public Health Center at little or no cost.

For more information about whooping cough and ongoing vaccination clinics, call the HHSA Immunization Branch at (866) 358-2966, or visit sdiz.org

–San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency 

Catryna White August 08, 2012 at 03:06 PM
"Last year, a new law went into effect requiring a whooping cough booster shot or Tdap before middle and high school students could re-enter school." Oh please, really? This is the most disgusting bunch of hog wash. There is no law that forces immunization. Stop the lying!
Kat McClanahan August 08, 2012 at 04:18 PM
The vaccine CAUSED the current outbreak!!! STOP PROMOTING INSANITY BY TELLING PEOPLE THEY ARE "REQUIRED" TO GET THIS VACCINE!!! http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2012-08-04/whooping-cough-outbreaks-are-10-times-more-deadly-because-of-the-vaccine/
Kat McClanahan August 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
At the very least, the author of this article (if they are in fact a REAL journalist) should have presented an UNBIASED article. They did not. They did not report that if you are philosophically against vaccination or this one in particular (which every parent should be in my opinion), that they have a RIGHT to opt out and that their child WILL be allowed in school!!!! Stop the conspiracy and tell people to flip the &**#)@ form OVER and sign it if they choose not to have their kid get this dangerous vaccine!!!!
Catryna White August 08, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Right on, Kat. It's a fact, we have to stayed informed and educated, because the medical profession and the education system aren't going to tell anyone that they have the option to opt out. It's the most disgusting form of perversion going on. Stinkin quacks!
Will Parent August 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM
No shots, no school is NOT true. Vaccine exemption is allowed for personal or medical reasons. Here is the form (just print and sign on page two): http://www.cdph.ca.gov/​programs/immunize/​documents/pm286b.pdf Here is a link to details on the CA vaccination laws: http://www.nvic.org/​Vaccine-Laws/​state-vaccine-requirements/​california.aspx


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