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On September 29, 2010, a new law was passed (AB 354), that changed California immunization requirements for students entering 7th–12th grades in public and private schools.

As required by California law (Health and Safety Code §120325 - 120375), parents need to provide proof of documentation of the Tdap vaccine.  All students entering 7th–12th grades in the coming school year (2011– 2012) must have proof of a Tdap booster shot.  Documentation must state the shot was given on or after their 7th birthday.  This means that ALL current 6th–11th graders must get up to date now. 

It is important that you begin now, to ensure your child gets their vaccination and to avoid appointment delays. 

Getting them up to date now, will not only protect them against pertussis but also ensure class placement and prevent exclusion from school in the coming year.

Remember to ask your physician about other vaccines your child may need, and bring your child’s yellow immunization card to the visit. Please return a copy of ALL up to date immunizations to your child’s school, prior to the beginning of the next school year.

For questions, please call your primary physician today or call the San Joaquin County Public Health Services Immunization Program, at (209) 468-3481.

No student will be allowed to attend school next year, without up to date immunizations.