Do you have a child about to enter the 7th grade?
Effective July 1, 2015 students entering the 7th grade will be required to have a booster dose of Tdap and the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV). The school will need an updated shot record on file as proof your child has received these vaccines. You can bring these to the school on or before your child enters 7th grade. I will be sending reminder information home in the spring!
Get the facts!
- Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).
- Tetanus (Lockjaw) is a disease of the nervous system caused by bacteria that enter the body through a cut or wound.
- Diphtheria is caused by a bacteria that may affect the breathing system--it may also begin as a skin infection.
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a highly contagious respiratory infection spread by coughing and sneezing.
*Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis) is a very serious infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. Infection can be spread from person to person by close contact. Meningitis can be caused by either a viral or bacterial infection.
Commonly asked questions
- If my child received the Tdap last year in 6th grade, will they be required to get another dose? No, only one dose of Tdap is required.
- What are the side effects of the vaccines? The most common side effects are mild and include pain and swelling at the site of injection
Are there any other shots that my child needs? Yes, The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the following vaccines for 11-12 year olds:
- Hepatitis A
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Flu, and
- A second dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) .