Placer County To Offer The Whooping Cough Vaccine That Is Now Required For 7th-12th Grade Students

All students entering grades 7 through 12 must provide proof of immunization against whooping cough (also known as pertussis) for the upcoming school year. In light of California’s recent whooping cough epidemic, this is even more important to protect students and their families.

“The best way to get the pertussis vaccine, called ‘Tdap’, is through your family’s health care provider since they can also provide any other needed vaccines and care,” said Dr. Richard Burton, Placer County Health Officer. “However, the new school year is approaching quickly, so Placer County is offering low-cost Tdap vaccine clinics during August for those students that would otherwise be unable to obtain the vaccine before school,” he added.

Placer County’s Health and Human Services Department will be offering these Tdap clinics at a cost of $9 per person:

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Placer County Library – Rocklin
4890 Granite Dr.
Rocklin, 95677

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
C.D.R.C. Bldg.
(Corner of Richardson and Bell Road in the Dewitt Center)
3091 County Center Dr.
Auburn, 95603

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sutter Roseville Medical Center
One Medical Plaza Dr.
Level 2, Conference Rooms A & B
Roseville, 95661

Vaccinating students will be the priority at these clinics; however, others may also be able to get the vaccine if supplies last.

Tdap immunization now will not only meet new school requirements, but will also help protect all children from the threat of pertussis by reducing the possibility of spread to others. Whooping cough can be debilitating to anyone, but young infants are the most vulnerable to severe illness from this infectious disease.

The new requirement applies to students in both public and private schools – all 7th-12th graders will need documentation of having received this vaccine since their 7th birthday. Parents are urged not to wait until school starts – under the new law, these students will need proof of vaccination for the school year that is about to begin.

Placer County will also be offering Tdap vaccine clinics in the North Tahoe and Truckee area in late August, in collaboration with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. The specific dates for these clinics will be announced soon.

For more information, please call the Placer County Community Health information line at (530) 889-7161, or clink on this link Immunization Program.