2011 Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Assembly Bill 354 Becomes Law
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) has been widespread in California during 2010. The California Department of Public Health recommends that all Californians 10 years and older receive a booster shot against pertussis (also known as "Tdap" 1). Moreover, Assembly Bill 354, now chaptered into California law, requires students to be immunized against pertussis 2 :
For the 2011-12 school year only, all students entering 7th through 12th grades will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school. This requirement:
- Begins July 1, 2011
- Can be met by receiving one dose of Tdap vaccine on or after the 10th birthday
- Applies to all public and private schools
- Does not affect students enrolled in summer school
Beginning July 1, 2012, and beyond, all students entering the 7th grade
will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.
Pertussis is widespread. If your child 10 years and older has not yet received the 'Tdap' pertussis booster shot, please contact your doctor or health department. Getting a booster shot now will protect your child against the ongoing threat of pertussis and meet a new school requirement that begins in the 2011-12 school year (California law - Assembly Bill 354).
Adults are also advised to get a pertussis booster shot, if they haven't already, to protect themselves, their families, and their students.
1 "Tdap" = Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine.
2 Exemptions permitted for verified medical conditions or personal beliefs.