By law, to attend school, all students entering the 7th grade in public and private schools must show proof that they have received a pertussis vaccine called Tdap. The Tdap vaccine protects them from three diseases: pertussis (also called whooping cough), diphtheria, and tetanus. Most adolescents received a different vaccine called DTaP as infants and young children to help protect them from the same diseases, but need to get a dose of Tdap vaccine now to boost their protection. The Tdap vaccine is recommended for children at 11 or 12 years of age and for teens who have not yet received a dose.
Students will need to show proof of vaccination before they start school. Though not required for school entry, adolescents should also receive meningococcal, human papillomavirus (HPV), and influenza vaccines.
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