Whooping Cough Vaccine Required For 7th Graders

LAUSD offering free immunization clinics; but time running out.

By City News Service

California law now requires that all seventh graders be vaccinated for whooping cough or have a waiver; without it, students will not be allowed to attend classes.

The early start first day of school in the mammoth Los Angeles school district is less than two weeks away, and time is running out for incoming seventh graders to get the booster shots against whooping cough, also called pertussis. Most toddlers are given such shots, but their effectiveness against the highly contagious disease can wane with time.

LAUSD officials have been calling, mailing and Twittering parents all summer but say they expect some students to arrive for the first day of classes without their certificates.

Free clinics to administer the pertussis booster shots, which are called a “tdap” shot, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 1:30p.m. today and Friday:

—Today at Bret Harte Prep Middle School, 9301 S. Hoover St., South Los Angeles; and
—Friday at Eagle Rock High School, 1750 Yosemite Dr., Los Angeles; Bret Harte Prep Middle School, 9301 S. Hoover St., South Los Angeles; the Zelzah District Nursing Clinic, 6505 Zelzah Ave., Reseda; and Edison Middle School, 6500 Hooper St., South Los Angeles.

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August 9, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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