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State Superintendent Urges Parents to Vaccinate Students

Parents of students entering seventh grade must vaccinate their children to protect them against whooping cough as required by California law.

 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson this week is urging Millbrae parents of students entering the seventh grade to vaccinate their children to protect them against whooping cough as required by California law.

“I call on all parents to act as soon as possible and ensure their children receive this important vaccination,” Torlakson said in a statement.

“Taking a few minutes now will help protect your child’s health, and help them get off to a smooth start in the next school year,” he said.

According to Dr. Ron Chapman, Director of the California Department of Public Health, in 2010, 9,000 Californians were diagnosed with pertussis and 10 infants died from the disease.

“Due to the collective statewide vaccination efforts this past year, pertussis cases are dramatically lower in California,” Chapman said in a statement. “If your child has not yet been vaccinated, please do so immediately.”

Assembly Bill 354, which was signed into law in September 2010, required all students entering or advancing to grades seven through twelve in the 2011–12 school year to show proof of immunization with a whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine booster called tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap).

The new requirement affects all students—current, new, and transfers—in public and private schools.                                                     

For the 2012-13 school year and future years, the pertussis booster immunization requirement applies to students entering or advancing into the seventh grade.

If they haven’t done so already, current sixth graders should receive a pertussis booster shot as soon as possible to protect themselves. Unlike the previous school year, there is no grace period in the current law.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease that can be debilitating at any age and lethal to infants.

California’s current pertussis epidemic has killed 10 babies and stricken more than 11,000 people. Whooping cough gets its name from the gasping “whoop” sound children make after coughing.

For more information on pertussis and Tdap, please visit the California Department of Education’s Web page as well as the California Department of Public Health Shots for School Web site.

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yesenia May 18, 2012 at 04:07 PM
know the truth. as parents, you need to do research BEFORE you inject your children with toxins. it is not CA law that a student has to be vaccinated in order to enter public school. look it up . the way they word it makes parents think that if they do not vaccinate, their child cannot enter public school. this is not true. educate yourself, you have the right to do so and make an informed descision before allowing your child to be injected with toxins...for example, formaldyhide, mercury, alluminum, fetus cells, and the list goes on (and these are just a few of the ingredients in all the childhood vaccines nowadays).

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