Whooping Cough Vaccination Required for Seventh Graders

All seventh-grade students must show proof of vaccination to their school district. Do you support the state law requiring this?


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Incoming seventh graders have one extra thing on their Back to School to-do lists. 

Students who are entering grade seven in California schools—both public and private—are required by state law to be vaccinated against whooping cough.

Also referred to as pertussis, whooping cough requires a vaccine booster known as a Tdap, which stands for Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis.

According to the National Institute of Health, pertussis is a contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing that makes it difficult to breathe.

Once students have been vaccinated, they will be issued a certificate to bring with them on the first day of classes.

Exemptions are permitted in two instances:

Medical Exemption

  • A licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) who feels a vaccine is not suitable for a student because of medical reasons should submit to the school (via the patient's family as needed) a written statement documenting the medical exemption. The school should place a copy of the completed statement in the student's file.

Personal Belief Exemption

  • A parent or guardian may have a child exempted from required immunizations if it's contrary to his/her beliefs. Schools have standardized procedures for parents and guardians who request a personal beliefs exemption.

For the 2011-12 school year, California students in grades seven to 12 were required to be immunized with a Tdap shot. For the 2012-13 school year and beyond, only seventh graders are required to show proof of immunization.

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Daniel Holeman August 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I do not support mandatory vaccinations. Do some research and find they are profit motivated and often dangerous and more often ineffective. Read about them on Mercola.com
Daniel Holeman August 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Read about it here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/30/whooping-cough-vaccine.aspx?fb_action_ids=10151077293329133&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=246965925417366
Michael August 21, 2012 at 01:08 AM
big pharmaceuticals find any way they can to sell their poison. Mandatory? No way. Do some research and you will see how flimsy the junk science is on these vaccinations. And yet our elected officials continue this scam why... ta da... they take campaign contributions from these same pharmaceutical companies either directly or through all those nice back doors the politicians put in place for themselves. So for now parents need to play the game our elected officials have forced us to play. Sign those person belief exemptions and move on. Next up.. this years made up flue season name. Pitiful.
Will Parent August 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM
No shots, no school is NOT true. Vaccine exemption is allowed for personal or medical reasons. Here is the form (just print and sign on page two): http://www.cdph.ca.gov/​programs/immunize/​documents/pm286b.pdf Here is a link to details on the CA vaccination laws: http://www.nvic.org/​Vaccine-Laws/​state-vaccine-requirements/​california.aspx


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