District Health Clinics Offer Whooping Cough Booster for All Seventh-Grade Students

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 2, 2012) - For the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD)  2012-2013 school year, students entering, advancing or transferring into seventh-grade will need proof of a whooping cough (also known as pertussis) booster immunization, known as Tdap, beginning Aug. 14, the first day of school.  Students who have not received the shot will not be able to attend classes.

Officials have been alerting families throughout the summer via school communication, phone calls, letters and social media. District Health Clinics are open to give LAUSD students the booster shots free of charge.

Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from either early childhood immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible again to pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against pertussis.

The Tdap booster shot, which is a state mandate for public and private schools, is recommended for children over the age of 10 to protect them, and those around them, from whooping cough. All students entering or advancing to the seventh- grade will need a Tdap booster shot in order to attend school after July 1, 2012. Please click here to read more information regarding Pertussis and the Tdap shot. To see a list of free or low cost clinics in Los Angeles County, please click here. (See links below for additional information.)

Note:  Media are invited to visit the following clinics next week. Hours of operation are from 7:30-2:30 and closed between noon and 1 p.m. Please contact the Office of Communications to coordinate your visit with the clinic and the appropriate spokesperson from the District Nursing Services.

 

Date

Location

Address

Mon., Aug. 6

Zelzah District Nursing Clinic

6505 Zelzah Avenue, Reseda, CA  91335

 

Bret Harte Prep Middle School

9301 S. Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA  90044

Tue. Aug. 7

Eagle Rock High School

1750 Yosemite Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90041

 

Mark Twain Middle School

2224 Walgrove Avenue    Los Angeles, CA  90066

Wed. Aug. 8

Zelzah District Nursing Clinic

6505 Zelzah Avenue, Reseda, CA  91335

 

Wilmington Middle School

1700 Gulf Avenue, Wilmington, CA  90744

 

Edison Middle School

6500 Hooper Street, Los Angeles,  CA  90001

Thur. Aug. 9

Bret Harte Prep Middle School

9301 S. Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA  90044

Fri. Aug.10

Zelzah District Nursing Clinic

6505 Zelzah Avenue, Reseda, CA  91335

 

Eagle Rock High School

1750 Yosemite Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90041

 

Edison Middle School

6500 Hooper Street, Los Angeles,  CA  90001

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http://ph.lacounty.gov/ip/IZclinics/clinics.htm Source: L.A. County of Public Health