New Tdap vaccination requirements for students entering 6th and 9th grades

Staff Report

The Boone County Health Department is reminding parents that beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, all students will be required to provide proof of pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination, along with the school physicals already required in those grades. To help parents comply with this new requirement, the Boone County Health Department will be offering the pertussis vaccination (Tdap) during all school physicals and at the weekly walk-in immunization clinics on Wednesday afternoons from 1-4 p.m.

School and sports physicals clinics will be held at the Boone County Health Department offices at 1204 Logan Ave. on Thursday, July 26 and Thursday, Aug. 2. They will be offered from 5-8 p.m. at a cost of $30. Any required vaccinations, including Tdap, will be $15 each. Call the Boone County Health Department at (815) 544-9730 to schedule an appointment.

You don’t have to be enrolled in any of the programs or meet specific income guidelines to take advantage of the school/sports physical clinic or to receive your child’s immunization for $15 each.

Parents must accompany their child and should bring the school physical form, immunization record and child’s urine sample. Children should wear a T-shirt and shorts for the exam. Cash, checks, credit cards and Public Aid cards will be accepted. An appointment is necessary for school physicals.

Prior to your child’s school physical appointment, parents are encouraged to complete the health history portion of the state-required form in advance. The form is now available on the Health Department’s website at and at its 1204 Logan Ave. location.

Children entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grade all need school physicals. Regardless of grade level, students wishing to participate in sports will also need a physical, based on their school’s requirements for participation. Up-to-date immunizations are required for all preschool, kindergarten, sixth and ninth grade students and students who are new to their districts. According to the Illinois School Code, children behind on their immunizations will be excluded from attending school.

Posted July 18, 2012

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