Proof of Pertussis and Meningococcal Vaccinations Required for Seventh-Graders
Rome, GA: New for the 2014-2015 academic year, Georgia Department of Public Health Rule (511-2-2), requires all students born on or after January 1, 2002 entering or transferring into seventh grade and any “new entrant” entering into 8th-12th grades in Georgia to provide proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (called “Tdap”) AND an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MCV4). This law affects all public and private schools including, but not limited to, charter schools, community schools, juvenile court schools and other alternative school settings (excluding homeschool).
“Protection from vaccines received in childhood wears off as kids get older, so
preteens and teens need a booster shot known as Tdap,” says Northwest
Georgia Public Health Immunization Coordinator Janet Eberhart. “We’re not
only protecting them now against vaccine-preventable diseases, but also protecting their future. We can’t stress enough the importance of getting your preteen vaccinated.”
Vaccines are the best defense we have against serious, preventable and sometimes deadly contagious diseases. They help avoid expensive therapies and hospitalization needed to treat infectious diseases like influenza and meningitis. Immunizations also reduce absences both at school and after-school activities, and decrease the spread of illness at home, school and the community.
The CDC recommends the following vaccines for teens and preteens:
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
- Influenza (flu)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – three doses
- Meningococcal Disease (MCV4)
Check with your local health department or speak with your physician today to find out if your preteen is up-to-date and if not, make a date to vaccinate.
For more information, visit: http://dph.georgia.gov/immunization-section.