There are two shots your sixth grader needs this year in order to attend school; the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis shot (also known as “TDaP”) and a chicken pox booster shot. According to a new state law, all students ages 11-12 entering sixth grade must be vaccinated in order to attend school.
“The first notice that I had received from this was
Children entering sixth grade at age 10, will be allowed to attend school but will need proof of vaccination when they turn eleven. In addition to the required diptheria, tetanus, pertussis and chicken pox vaccines, your doctor may also recommend the “Menactra” for meningitis. This vaccine is only a recommendation, not a requirement by schools.
For those children who have an allergic reaction or other medical reason for not receiving the vaccinations, paperwork will need to be presented to the school district to explain the exception. School districts and pediatricians can help parents finds and fill out the necessary paperwork.
“If you give those two (TDaP and Menactra) together, theoretically, there's a little less of a reaction in sore arms,” says Lewis.
The bill was signed into law by
There has been an increase in Pertussis or “whooping cough” across the
“We've seen deaths from Pertussis so it's an important vaccine and I think the basis for requiring a vaccine for sixth graders is a public health way of making sure that we produce herd immunity,” says Dr. Lewis.