CCSA Answers: Charter school students and pertussis (whooping cough) immunization

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August 3, 2011
Question: Do charter school students need to be immunized against pertussis (whooping cough)?

Answer: Yes. Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, students are required to be immunized against pertussis, or Tdap. For the 2011-12 school year only, all students entering 7th through 12th grades will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.

Due to concerns from schools having difficulty implementing the pertussis immunization requirement, the Governor recently signed SB 614 (Kehoe), which provides a 30 day extension after school begins for a local education agency to verify a student's pertussis immunization, under certain conditions, for the 2011-12 school year only. Beginning July 1, 2012, and beyond, all students entering the 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.

Get more information from the California Department of Education: www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/pertussis.asp.

We've answered this member-submitted question, and provided additional context, in "Immunization for California Students."