Rising 6th Graders - Tdap shot requirement

June 18, 2018

If yes, he or she may need a booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis). Sixth grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private healthcare provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. Students who have received a Tdap booster between the ages of seven and eleven do not need another dose.

Documentation must be provided to the school student information assistant (SIA) or registrar as soon as possible. Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the month, day, and year the Tdap vaccine was given. 
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the month, day, and year the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption. (A student whose healthcare provider prefers to wait until the student turns 11 to administer the Tdap must provide a temporary medical exemption.)
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form, which is available online.

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