In 2006, the Virginia Assembly passed a law requiring all sixth-grade students to have a Tetanus, diptheria,pertussis (Tdap) booster shot within the past five years in order to enroll in school this September 2013. Some physicians will not give this shot to your child until age 11. Without proof of this immunization or physician documentation of why your child can not get the shot, your child will not be able to enroll in school for the2013-2014 school year.
Please review your child's shot record. If the last shot was administered more than five years from the beginning of the upcoming school year, please have this immunization done now if your child is 11.If waiting until summer, please be aware that many doctor offices maybe full and you might not be able to get an appointment in time.
Shots may be obtained from your doctor, military clinics, or health department. The Tdap booster requirement was initiated at the recommendation of the Virginia Department of Health and other medical experts to give adolescents added protection against Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis (better known as Whooping Cough). These potentially serious ailments are largely preventable with proper vaccination.Therefore it is imperative to protect your child and ensure that he/she meets all school immunization requirements by arranging for the Tdap booster as soon as possible.
You can send in the documentation to the school nurse now.
If you choose to wait, you will need to take the documentation to your child's middle school over the summer.
Please call the local health department, your doctor's office or school nurse if you have any questions.