Important information for adolescents 11-18
Adolescent booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and Meningitis vaccine
Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis boosters are recommended at ages 11-12 and catch up boosters are recommended for anyone beyond that age, as the primary series against pertussis is no longer effective, so a booster is essential. There is no minimum interval from previous tetanus-containing vaccine; people who received a recent dose of Td can receive Tdap vaccine at any time. Two Tdap vaccines are available in the United States. For more information on pertussis vaccine, visit www.cdc.gov/pertussis/vaccines.html.
It is a requirement for all students entering 7th grade born on or after September 15, 2000 to receive a one-time booster dose of Tdap and a Meningitis vaccine. All students going into the 7th grade must have proof of having the Tdap booster shot and a meningitis vaccine unless the student has a Certificate of Immunization Exemption. Your child may have already received the vaccine and simply needs to provide proof to the school.