Immunization Information in English

Attention: Parents of Rising 6th Graders 

Effective January 1, 2008, North Carolina Law now requires a Tdap booster for entry into 7th grade. 

Why is Tdap needed?  To protect against pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus and diphtheria.  Over time, protection wears off so a booster is needed to stay fully protected. 

What if my child already had a Td (tetanus/diphtheria) booster?  If it has been more than 5 years since your child received a tetanus shot (DTaP, DTP or Td), they will need the Tdap booster. Almost all rising 7th graders will need to get the Tdap booster. However, if it had been less than 5 years since your child has received a tetanus containing vaccine, they will be deferred until 5 years has passed from last dose of tetanus (DTP, DTaP DT or TD). 

What do I need to do?

· Talk to your child's doctor to find out if Tdap booster is needed.

· Make sure your child gets Tdap booster before school starts.

· Get a copy of your child's shot record to take to school.

· While at the doctor, check to make sure your child is up to date with other vaccines and their yearly check up. 

Where can my child get a Tdap?

  • Your child's doctor or health care provider.
  • If your child does not have a health care provider, contact Johnston County Health Department (989-5222 or 989-5272).  Contact Debbie Casey, RN Child immunization Coordinator for questions (989-5200).
  • Registration is necessary to ensure vaccine is available, to avoid wait time and to check eligibility.  Appointments are also available during regular clinic hours.
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