Students must have the vaccine before the school year begins
Contact: Haley Miller (336) 370-3200
Created: 3/8/2010 4:45:40 PM
Guilford County Schools (GCS) is encouraging parents of
rising sixth-graders to go ahead and get the Tdap vaccine, which is a
requirement to enter sixth grade.
The vaccination, known as Tdap, protects children from
tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (more commonly known as whooping
cough). All three are spread by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are
spread from person to person, while tetanus enters the body through
scratches, cuts or wounds. A state law that went into effect two years
ago requires rising sixth-graders who have not received a Tdap vaccine
since July 2005 to receive the shot before the next school year begins.
The 2010-11 school year begins Aug. 25.
State law also requires schools to exclude students
who have not received the shots. Parents of rising sixth-graders are
encouraged to get their children vaccinated before the deadline.
Tdap booster vaccinations are available by
appointment each day at the Guilford County Department of Public
Health's offices, which are located at 1100 E. Wendover Ave., Greensboro
and 501 E. Green Drive, High Point. Call 641-5563 for a Greensboro
appointment. Call 845-7655 for an appointment in High Point. Parents
should bring a copy of their child's shot record with them.
For more information about the Tdap vaccine, please visit the district's Web site or click on the link below.