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Tdap deadline looms for local students

Low-cost booster clinics offered
By: Joyia Emard Loomis News Editor
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A number of local students may not be going back to school if they don’t provide proof of their tdap booster vaccination soon. Bridget Farren, a vice principal at Del Oro High School, said many students may have already received their now state-required tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster vaccinations during routine checkups by their pediatrician. But the state now requires proof that children in grades seven to 12 have received the whooping cough booster shot and schools have been directed not to allow attendance unless proof is received. The “proof” is a child’s vaccination card or immunization record from a doctor’s office. Farren said most Del Oro families have complied, but approximately 125, or seven percent of the students, have not turned in the proper paperwork. Kim Chase, with the Loomis Union School District, said 22 percent of the district’s students entering seventh and eighth grade have not turned in the proper forms. The schools are urging parents to first check with their child’s pediatrician to see if the booster has been given, and if not, schedule an appointment with their doctor or visit a low-cost immunization clinic. According to the Center For Disease Control, pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, causes severe coughing spells, vomiting, and disturbed sleep and can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and passing out from violent coughing. Up to two in 100 adolescents, and five in 100 adults with pertussis are hospitalized or have complications, including pneumonia. “We want to make sure students are healthy and ready to start school. We don’t want our kids to get sick,” Farren said. Classes begin for Del Oro on Aug. 17, and for the Loomis district on Aug. 18. Immunization forms can dropped off at theDel Oro office, or faxed to 652-3706. For elementary students, forms can be dropped off at their school or district office, or faxed to 652-1809. LOW COST TDAP CLINICS Loomis: No charge, 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Loomis Grammar School library; for Loomis Union School District incoming seventh- and eighth-graders only. Roseville: $9, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., Mondays, at 1130 Conroy Ln., Ste. 402; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Level 2, conference rooms A and B. Auburn: $9, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m., Fridays, at 11584 B Ave,; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 13, at Community Development Resource Center, 3091 County Center Dr.