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    Make Vaccinations Part of Your Back-to-School “To Do” List

    Don’t Forget a Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Booster

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 1, 2011 - As children prepare to head back to school in a few weeks, California health officials are requiring parents to add one more item to the school supplies list for all 7-12th graders – a whooping cough booster shot.

    A new school immunization law requires all students entering 7th-12th grades in the 2011-2012 school year in California to be immunized with a Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap.

    The state of California has seen a 5-fold increase in the number of pertussis cases since 2009, leading the California Department of Public Health to declare a state-wide whooping cough epidemic last year.

    “Although initially it resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough may eventually turn more serious. Young infants are particularly vulnerable to the infection and its complications,” said Mary Hufty M.D., family physician with Sutter-affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation and chair of Sutter Health’s Health Maintenance Committee. “It’s important for all of us to be immunized against pertussis.”

    Tips for Parents

    • Check your child’s immunizations records to see if they need to receive the Tdap booster.
    • Keep proof of your child’s Tdap booster handy – you must show proof of immunization in order for your child to start school.
    • Still have questions? View common FAQs for parents on
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