Protecting your adolescent or teen from disease may be the most important thing you can do for his or her health. Immunizations (sometimes called shots or vaccines) will keep your child safe from 15 serious diseases. Some diseases are still around, such as polio, pertussis (whooping cough) and measles - like the outbreak of measles in San Diego of February 2008. It is important for your child to get all the shots your doctor recommends on time.
California law requires proof that a child is up-to-date before he/she can go to school. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/immunize/Pages/CaliforniaImmunizationSchoolLaw.aspx
7th Grade Requirement for Tdap vaccine
Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, all students entering, advancing or tranferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization for school. For more information, see:
Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule (7-18 years old)
Parent information regarding vaccines
Do Preteens need Immunizations?
My Best Shot (for teens)
Vaccinate Before You Graduate (874k pdf)
Public Health Bulletins
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