Sunday, September 11, 2011

Whooping Cough Vaccine Required of 7th- to 12th-Graders

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A new state law requires public school students in grades seven to 12 to get a vaccine for whooping cough.
A new state law gives schools the option of granting parents a couple more weeks to get their children the whooping cough vaccine in accordance with a new state law.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious condition that produces violent coughing and may interfere with breathing.

Students entering grades seven and above are required to have received a whooping cough shot (Tdap) after their 10th birthday. The schools can conditionally allow students to attend class for up to a month after the first day of class before being excluded from campus.

Oceanside schools opened on Aug. 25.

It is unclear how many students in the Oceanside Unified School District are not in compliance. The websites of OUSD schools are running reminder bulletins such as this:

"A new state law, which takes effect for the beginning of the 2011-12 school year, now requires ALL students who will be in grades 7-12, to be immunized against Whooping Cough. Proof of this Tdap vaccination must be submitted prior to the start of the new school year, which begins Thursday, August 25, 2011.

"Students will NOT be allowed to register or attend class until showing proof of having received this vaccine. Students who have been given a Tdap shot on or after a 7thbirthday will meet the school immunization requirement by providing proof of immunization.

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