Attention incoming seventh graders: No shots, no school

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Whooping cough — or pertussis — is a highly contagious respiratory infection. Children infected with pertussis develop a severe hacking cough followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like “whoop.”

Before a vaccine was developed, whooping cough was a common childhood disease. Now whooping cough primarily affects children too young to have completed the full course of vaccinations and teenagers and adults whose immunity has faded.

State law requires all incoming seventh graders to receive a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster shot and provide proof of the vaccination or valid exemption. Without an updated shot record or valid exemption, students cannot be allowed to attend school.

If you have not already done so, please bring your child’s shot record to school before September 3. SCUSD is offering Tdap immunization clinics for eligible incoming seventh graders at several locations. Click here for more information. Or view the schedule here.