Effective the 2013-2014 school year-7th graders
Important information for adolescents 11-18

Adolescent booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease that causes violent coughing fits that make it hard to breathe.Whooping cough is particularly dangerous for young babies. In 2012, there were 1647 cases of pertussis reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health, which is 417% more persons with pertussis compared to the average in the past five years.

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.

Effective the 2013-2014 school year (NEXT YEAR), it will be a requirement for all students entering 7th grade born on or after September 15, 2000 receive a one-time booster dose of Tdap. All students going into the 7th grade must have proof of having the Tdap booster shot 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.