Tdap Vaccination Required for 7th Graders

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi State Department of Health will require the Tdap vaccination for all students entering 7th grade beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

The Tdap vaccine, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, had previously been a recommended vaccination for the age group since 2006.

Forty-one other states have already implemented this particular vaccination requirement.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has increased in frequency across the country in recent years, as protection from the childhood pertussis vaccine has become weaker over time in the adolescent population.

State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier says Tdap is recommended for all adolescents but will only be required for those entering the seventh grade.

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  • by Friendly Pharmacist on Apr 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM
    All vaccines given are required to be reported to the state, including name of patient, name of vaccine, lot, & expiration date. Tdap is protection from tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis. Why the school is requiring all 7th graders, who knows....maybe parents aren't getting the kids booster shots like they should..
  • by really for what on Apr 10, 2012 at 03:33 PM
    How do you really know what this vaccination is for? It could be a form of steralization ,we will know when the birth rate drops??? And new forms of cancer forms.
  • by Friendly Pharmacist on Apr 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM
    Parents, please read the facts. The benefits of vaccines by far outweight the risks. Please protect your child as well as those around your child.
  • by truthseeker Location: mdn on Apr 9, 2012 at 09:52 AM
    Note to parents PLEASE check out the ingredients in ANY vaccine BEFORE you decide to allow the govt. to inject them into your child!!! PLEASE google this and find out ALL you can BEFORE you decide! DON'T let the system PRESSURE you into something you feel in your heart you shouldn't do! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do YOUR homework FIRST!
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