Students without documentation of the shot will be excluded from school on Friday
Contact: Laurie Hogan (336) 370-8307
Created: 9/22/2010 3:02:45 PM
Thursday is the last day sixth-graders can attend school
without an updated Tdap vaccination. Students who have not received the
vaccine or provided documentation will be excluded from middle schools
As of Wednesday, 539 students in Guilford County Schools
had not provided a record of receiving the Tdap vaccination. The number
has decreased by about 200 students each day this week. At the end of
last week, 1,141 students were without the vaccine.
Parents can get their sixth-graders vaccinated for
free at the Guilford County Department of Public Health. The High Point
location at 501 E. Green Drive still has appointment times open this
week. Parents can call 336-845-7655 to schedule an appointment. The
vaccine may also be available at family physicians' offices.
In 2008, a state law went into affect requiring all
sixth-graders to receive a booster shot by the start of the school year.
The vaccine protects children and adults from three serious diseases -
tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). The law states that
students who have not provided documentation of the shot must be
excluded from school. Appointment cards are not sufficient, according to