The Ohio Department of Health has added a new immunization requirement for students entering 7th grade. Your child must get a booster dose of Tdap prior to the start of school in August. The “p” in Tdap is pertussis(whooping cough). Pertussis is what we see outbreaks of in the schools from time to time, thus we are hoping to prevent it. Most school age children need a booster of tetanus by the time they reach junior high, thus the combination vaccine. The only exception to this rule is if your child has a documented allergy or adverse reaction to pertussis in which case I would need a signed statement from the physician. If this is the case, you still need to ask the physician if it is time for your child to receive a tetanus booster.
This booster is available at the Fairfield Department of Health, “NEW LOCATION” 1550 Sheridan Dr., Suite 100. You may schedule an appointment by calling 740-652-2800. Cost is $10.00. The health department will NOT bill private insurance.
Your 7th grader must have this booster by the 10th day of the 2014-15 school year which begins in August 2014.
Please send me documentation from the health department or your physician after your child has received this immunization so I can update your child’s immunization record at school.
Debbie Wilson, RN
St. Mary School Nurse