Thousands of students still need Tdap shots

City News Service

Tens of thousands of students still need to prove that they are up to date with their Tdap vaccination so they can enter school for the fall semester, according to county health and education officials.

A new state law requires that children entering grades 7-12 prove they are current with the shot, which helps prevent pertussis, tetanus and diphtheria. Schools can provisionally enroll students without proof, but they'll have one month to show that they've been vaccinated.

The law affects students in both public and private schools.

San Diego County went through a pertussis epidemic in 2010, with 1,144 cases reported. Two infants died of the highly contagious illness, which is also known as whooping cough.

So far this year, 326 cases have been reported to the county Health and Human Services Agency.

   
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