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Tdap clinic offered for students

All seventh through 12th graders need proof of immunization against whooping cough
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All students entering seventh through 12th grade must provide proof of immunization against whooping cough, also known as pertussis, for the 2011-12 school year.

In light of California’s recent whooping cough epidemic, health officials say 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, in a news release.

Because the school year has already begun — or will start soon — for most local students, Placer County is offering low-cost Tdap vaccine clinics for students at a cost of $9 per person.

Vaccinating students will be the priority at these clinics, but others may also get the vaccine while supplies last.

The new requirement applies to students in both public and private schools. All students will need documentation of having received this vaccine since their 7th birthday. Under the new law, students will need proof of vaccination for the current school year.

Tdap immunization also helps protect children from the threat of pertussis by reducing the possibility of spread to others. According to Placer County, whooping cough can be debilitating to anyone, but young infants are the most vulnerable to severe illness from this infectious disease.

For more information, call the Placer County Community Health information line at (530) 889-7161 or visit http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/hhs/community_health/Immunization%20Program.aspx.

~ Staff report

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Tdap clinic for students entering seventh through 12th grade
When:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20
Where: Sutter Roseville Medical Center, One Medical Plaza Dr. Level 2, Conference rooms A and B
Cost: $9 per person