LAUSD to Offer Whooping Cough Booster Shot Clinics

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 1, 2013) — With the new compliance law in effect for two years, officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District remind parents that all students entering seventh grade will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.

Pertussis (whopping cough) is an epidemic in California and is a highly contagious bacterial disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since the 1980s, there has been an increase in the number of cases pertussis, especially among teens (10-19 years of age) and babies younger than six months.

PLEASE NOTE: Immunizations will be available ONLY to eligible children.

Eligible children include those who receive Medi-cal, who are of Native American/Alaskan descent and who have no insurance. 

CLICK HERE for a list of clinics throughout LAUSD. 

 ALL CLINICS ARE CLOSED FROM NOON - 1 P.M.

Students must have a completed LAUSD immunization consent form and their current immunization record to receive the whooping cough booster. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must bring immunization records for each child.

The law requires students who come to school without proof of the whooping cough (Tdap or pertussis) vaccination to be “excluded” from classes. The immunization has been mandated by the state of California because of an epidemic of this highly contagious bacterial disease among teenagers.

To receive the required immunizations please contact your primary care doctor. For referrals to no cost and low cost immunization clinics with the Los Angeles County Department of Public health, dial 2-1-1. For more information about county clinics, refer to http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ip/DiseaseSpecific/Pertussis.htm. For more general information, please go to: http://pertussis.lausd.net/.


                                                                 ###

 
Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766