Put immunization on your back-to-school checklist
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 — With the new school year about to begin, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health and state health officer, is encouraging parents to make sure their childrens’ vaccinations are up to date before classes start.
“Currently, California’s whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic continues to be a threat," said Chapman. "As families make plans for heading back to school, they should also make sure their children all have their immunizations required for child care or school. That includes an adolescent whooping cough booster (Tdap) for students entering seventh grade."