Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap) is Required for Students Entering Grades 7-12
Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious bacterial illness spread by coughs and sneezes. People sick with pertussis have severe coughing attacks that can last for months.
Vaccination is the best defense against whooping cough. However, the immunity from vaccines wears off over time and pertussis booster vaccine rates in adolescents and adults continue to be low.
For information about upcoming Tdap vaccine clinics, visit this Public Health page.
New Law Changes California Immunization Requirements for Youth
On September 29, 2010, AB 354 made it a requiement that students entering 7th-12th grades in public and private schools receive a Tdap booster. The law requires:
This coming school year (2011-2012), all students entering into 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot (called “Tdap”) before starting school.
For the next school year (2012-13) and future school years, all students entering into 7th grade only will need proof of a "Tdap" shot to start school.
CLICK HERE for more information about this requirement. (Spanish)
Pertussis and Infants
Pertussis—Whooping Cough—is very serious in infants: Infants under 3 months of age are particularly at risk from pertussis infection. Vaccinating their caregivers and household members helps protect them. To learn more about whooping cough, see the CDPH website: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Pertussis.aspx.
Guidelines for Physicians caring for infants with Pertussis were recently updated and are available at the CDPH website: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/Cherry_Pertussis%20in%20Young%20Infants2_June%202011.pdf.
Contact your health care provider to find out if your child needs the "Tdap" vaccine. If you do not have a regular provider, the vaccine is offered through the Immunization Program at the City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic.
In addition to providing select immunizations for children and adults, this program offers information about other immunization and vaccination programs available to the community.
For more information call (510) 981-5350.
City of Berkeley Immunization Program