Several years ago the Ohio Department of Health, 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 the above vaccine 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 school day of the 2015-16 school year, which is September 2, 2016 this year.
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.
Many of the pediatricians in the Lancaster area have been “boosting” the past couple of years, so there is a chance your child has had this vaccine. If you child did not have a summer appointment with your physician, please call the office and ask if your child has received this booster in the past couple of years and provide me with documentation from the doctor. If you have turned that in to me in the past couple of years, I should have it in the health folder. Please call me at (740) 654-01632 and I will gladly check to see if I already have such documentation.
I look forward to seeing you and your student in the new school year!
Debbie Wilson, RN
School Nurse/St. Mary School