New immunization required for students this fall

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July 28, 2010

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The Canton City Health Department is reminding parents of children entering seventh grade this fall of a new school requirement for immunizations.

Effective with the 2010-2011 school year and each year thereafter, one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis, adolescent and adult formulation) or Td (tetanus and diphtheria, adult formulation) vaccine will be required prior to entry into the seventh grade. The dose is intended to be administered as a booster dose for students who have completed the required doses of the initial series of DTaP/DT/Td vaccine.

The requirement has been made due to the increase of pertussis, “whooping cough,” cases in the adolescent population. Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection marked by a severe hacking cough, followed by a high-pitched intake of breath.

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