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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that all Californians
10 years and older receive a booster shot (also known as “Tdap”1) against pertussis.
Assembly Bill 354, now chaptered into California law, requires students to be immunized against pertussis2:
For the 2011-12 school year only, all students entering 7th through 12th grades
will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.
• This requirement begins July 1, 2011;
• Will be met by the CDPH recommendation to receive one dose of Tdap vaccine
on or after the 10th birthday3;
• Applies to all public and private schools; and
• Does not affect students enrolled in summer school.
Beginning July 1, 2012, and beyond, all students entering the 7th grade will need
proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.
1 “Tdap” = Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine.
2 Exemptions permitted for verified medical conditions or personal beliefs.
3 If a student has received a dose of Tdap on or after the 7th birthday, the student will meet
the school immunization requirement.