Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very infectious disease that can be debilitated at any age and deadly to infants. As of January 7, 2011, there were more that 8,300 cases of pertussis with onset in 2010 reported statewide to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) - the most reported since 1947. As early childhood immunization does not provide lasting immunity to pertussis, CDPH recommends a Tdap booster immunization for all persons ten years of age and older, yet most people have not received the Tdap booster. As a result, many older students and adults remain susceptible to pertussis, risking their health and the health of their communities. In 2010, at least 10 infants too young to be immunized died from pertussis in California.
If your child 10 years and older has not yet received the ‘Tdap’ pertussis booster shot, please contact your doctor or health department. Getting a booster shot now will protect your child against the ongoing threat of pertussis and meet a new school requirement that begins in the 2011-12 school year (California law -Assembly Bill 354). All students entering the 7th - 12th grade are required to have received the Tdap vaccination before the 2011-2012 academic year.
There is a free clinic at Roosevelt High School on March 19th. Please see the attached flier for more information.