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Required LAUSD Whooping Cough Clinics Planned This Week

New state laws require booster vaccinations against whopping cough, also called pertussis, before they may enter a seventh grade class.

The first day of school in the mammoth Los Angeles school district is 13 days away, and the district Saturday reminded parents that all incoming seventh graders in California must now be vaccinated against whooping cough.

New state laws require booster vaccinations against whopping cough, also called pertussis, before they may enter a seventh grade class. Most toddlers are given such shots, but their effectiveness against the very-contagious, severe malady can wane with time.

LAUSD officials have been calling, mailing and Twittering parents all summer, but said they expect some students to arrive for the first day of classes without their certificates.

Free clinics to administer the pertusis booster shots, which are called a "tdap" shot, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on the following schedule:

  • Monday at the Zelzah District Nursing Clinic, 6505 Zelzah Ave., Reseda; and at the Bret Harte Prep Middle School, 9301 S. Hoover St., South Los Angeles.
  • Tuesday at , 1750 Yosemite Dr., Eagle Rock; and at , 2224 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista.
  • Wednesday at the Zelzah District Nursing Clinic, 6505 Zelzah Ave., Reseda; Wilmington Middle School, 1700 Gulf Ave., Wilmington; and Edison Middle School, 6500 Hooper St., South Los Angeles.
  • Thursday at Bret Harte Prep Middle School, 9301 S. Hoover St., South Los Angeles.
  • Friday at Bret Harte Prep Middle School, 9301 S. Hoover St., South Los Angeles; the Zelzah District Nursing Clinic, 6505 Zelzah Ave., Reseda; and Edison Middle School, 6500 Hooper St., South Los Angeles.

More information can be found on the "Shots For School" Web site of the California Department of Health and in the immunization clinics schedule attached to this post.

Will Parent August 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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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