Posted: Jul 31, 2012 2:37 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News
Updated: Jul 31, 2012 4:25 PM
As student head back to school, the San Luis Obispo County Heath Officer wants to remind parents to get their kids vaccinated against pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
Back in 2010 more than 9,000 cases reported in California including 10 infant deaths.
Dr. Borenstein said "Immunizations create a shield at school and home. Given recent outbreaks and epidemics nationwide, it is important that children be protected against these dangerous and highly contagious diseases, like whooping cough."
The booster shot became mandatory for all middle and high school students in 2010 when Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law. All incoming seventh grader must provide proof that they have had the Tdap vaccination before starting school.
If a student does not have health insurance or partial insurance there are local health departments that are providing vaccination for free. Local health department sites are offering expanded immunization clinics during the month of August for National Immunization Awareness Month. For the most complete and up-to-date information on required vaccination, click here.
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