Students entering seventh grade this fall and beyond are required to have one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acelluar pertussis vaccine) before the start of the 2011-12 school year or a parental request for exemption. This vaccine provides a booster dose of pertussis (for whooping cough) along with the tetanus and diphtheria booster (Td) and is recommended for children at 11- to 12-years-old. There is no grace period allowed for complying with this requirement except with military children from another state, who have 30 days from the date of enrollment to be immunized.
For more information visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s website www.ok.gov/health/ or contact your health care provider or the county health department in your area.
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