A fairly new California state law requires all students entering seventh grade each year to provide proof of having immunization against pertussis (whooping cough). The Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis – three dangerous diseases. Did you know it is also recommended for the following persons?
• Children ages 7-10 years with incomplete vaccination
• All persons who have close contact with pregnant women or infants
• Women of childbearing age—before, during (late 2nd trimester or 3rd trimester), or immediately after pregnancy
• Adults ages 19-64 years
• Adults ages 65 years and older
Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial illness spread by coughs and sneezes. Children with pertussis have severe coughing attacks that can last for months. Parents should be aware that the protection from childhood immunization to pertussis wears off, and adolescents may be at risk for infection without a booster.
Be sure to contact your doctor or clinic to learn more and to arrange for a Tdap booster. Don’t forget the seasonal flu shot, too!
For more information, please visit the Orange County Health Care Agency website:
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