No shot - no school for Alabama sixth graders

NBC 13
12.07.2010
By Linda White

As of last September, Alabama law requires 11 and 12 year olds to have a Tdap booster before registering for sixth grade this coming school year.  However, some health officials are concerned parents aren’t getting the message.

For about 5 and-a-half-hours today, the Jefferson County Health Department offered free Tdap booster shots for 11 and 12 year olds entering sixth grade. Less than 2 dozen showed up.

Nurse said to student, “Ouch… look at you, you’re a big girl.“

There were many big boys and girls who received their Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis shot today.  As of last September it’s state law.  This years Alabama sixth graders must get this shot or they won’t be allowed in school.

Immunization Manager, Deborah Kilgo said, “It’s only 5 weeks until school starts.  There is this Tdap vaccine that 6th graders must have in order to register for school.“

Only at the Boutwell and only today, the Jefferson County Health Department offered these shots without charge.

The Tdap prevents lockjaw or a painful tightening of the muscles, a thick covering in the back of the throat that could lead to death and Whooping Cough, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection.

By the year 20-22, grades six through 12 will be required to have the Tdap booster shot in order to attend school.

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