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Belmont Students Urged to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

San Mateo County health officials have declared Feb. 13 - Feb. 19 "Preteen Vaccine Week."

Beginning July 1 older Belmont students will need to receive a whooping cough vaccine, and county health officials are encouraging students to get vaccinated early.

The San Mateo County Health System has declared next week "Preteen Vaccine Week" in order for parents to meet the new 2011-2012 school requirements.

California's recent whooping cough epidemic, also known as pertussis, prompted the new law, which requires all students entering seventh through twelfth grades receive a whooping cough vaccine as of July 1.

Immunity received from childhood vaccines can weaken over time, and it is important for preteens and teens to get vaccinated again to remain protected from whooping cough and several other conditions,” San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow said in a statement.

“Many vaccine-preventable diseases spread easily and can lead to missed weeks of school, or very serious consequences, including death. For this reason, I urge parents to take their preteens and teens to a health care provider to make sure they are vaccinated," he said.

For more information about vaccine requirements for teens and preteens, visit www.shotsforschool.org.

Julie Hughes February 13, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Parents can sign a personal beliefs exemption form if they don't want their 7-12 grade children to get the whooping cough vaccine booster. http://eziz.org/PDF/IMM-1038_PBEforminstructions.pdf Before getting any vaccine, the package insert should be read. Here are the package inserts for both brands of Tdap vaccine. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/UCM152842.pdf http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM142764.pdf
Tommy Tee February 14, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Yes, and they can become ill or be a carrier of the disease as a result.
Outta here February 14, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Yes, and when your child doesn't receive the vaccine, they can get ill and infect the children who did receive the vaccine. Not vaccinating your child does not only put your own child at risk, it puts everyone's children at risk.
Terri Cook February 14, 2011 at 11:23 PM
My sister (a grown adult) had a recent bout with pertussis. It was horrible and lasted literally months. It disrupted her life and her sleep (which can lead to a variety of health issues). Before you drink the kool-aid (pun intended) of the anti-vaccination hype, consider the consequences.

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