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  • 15 Mar 2011
  • Health & Wellness
  • Arch Health

Protect your children with the Tdap booster for pertussis

Due to California’s pertussis outbreak, the California Department of Public Health recommends all Californians, 10 years and older, receive a booster shot against pertussis.
For the 2011-2012 school year, all students entering 7th through 12th grades will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school. This requirement begins July 1, 2011. Beginning July 1, 2012, and beyond, all students entering the 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.
Pertussis (whooping cough) is currently an epidemic in California. During early infancy, pertussis is frequently severe and potentially
fatal because infants aren’t typically vaccinated against pertussis until they are two months old, and they need multiple doses
to be protected.
The California Department of Public Health strongly recommends that all children receive their recommended doses of DTaP on time.
Again, the first dose of DTaP is typically given at two months of age but may be given as early as six weeks.
If caregivers and close contacts to infants are vaccinated, a cocoon (protective) environment is created thereby decreasing the numbers of infants with pertussis. Arch physicians have observed these recommendations for the last five years. As a result, most patients have received the required vaccinations. If you are uncertain whether your child's vaccinations are up to date, please ask during your next scheduled visit or call our office. 

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