Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis Immunization Update
Due to an increase in identified Pertussis (Whooping Cough) cases, the Illinois Department of Public Health has announced a recent change in the vaccination requirements for adolescents and teenagers. Beginning next school year, Fall of 2013, all students entering, transferring, or advancing into 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades will be required to show proof of receipt of one dose of Tdap vaccine (containing tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis). Most students may have already received the vaccine and simply need to provide the school with verifying documentation from the family health care provider.
Tdap is a new formula of vaccine that must be identified specifically by name. The date administered MUST be documented by a physician in order to be compliant. Please see the following documents, which will provide further explanation.
Get the Facts: Helpful Information for Parents
More information is also available from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.