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New Back To School Rules On Vaccinations


There are new rules on vaccinations as students head back to class in both Iowa and Illinois. Both states are requiring a Tdap booster. The Iowa Department of Public Health and the Rock Island County Health Department released the following information:

Summertime means camps, vacations and sports, but the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges parents to also use this time to ensure their child's immunizations are up-to-date in preparation for going back to school. Iowa law requires children to receive immunizations prior to attending a licensed child care center or school.

"Last year's pertussis outbreak is an excellent example of the importance of keeping vaccinations up-to-date," said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. In 2012, there were 1,647 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) reported in Iowa, which is 417 percent higher than the average over the last five years. "The majority of these cases were among pre-teens," said Quinlisk. "That's one reason why this age group is now being required to have a pertussis-containing booster vaccination."

Beginning this year, Iowa students enrolling in 7th grade are required to have a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine booster. Although not required, a Tdap booster is recommended for 8th through 12th-graders who have not yet received it. To learn more about the Tdap booster requirement, visit Contact your health care provider to make sure your child's immunizations meet current recommendations.

Vaccination requirements are based upon recommendations from the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and are minimum recommendations to keep your child healthy. The best way to protect you and your family against vaccine-preventable diseases is to make sure your immunizations are up-to-date. Vaccinating on schedule means healthier children, families and communities. For more information about vaccinations, including required child care and school vaccinations, recommended adult vaccinations, and more, visit

From the Rock Island County Health Department:

Tdap Immunization Clinic to be held at Rock Island High School

This clinic is available to the public as well as students.

A new requirement from the Illinois Department of Public Health for the 2013-14 school year requires that students in the sixth through twelfth grades receive one dose of Tdap vaccine (containing tetanus, diphtheria, and accellular pertussis). Students must provide proof of having received the vaccine, proof of having an appointment to receive the vaccine, or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the school system by October 15, 2013 or they will be excluded from school.

According to Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, this change is being required because there has been an increase in pertussis (whooping cough) in Illinois during the past six years. The disease has been on the rise in pre-teens and teens, indicating a waning immunity from infant and childhood immunizations. Pertussis is very contagious and is spread through the air by an infected person talking, coughing, or sneezing.

To assist in providing access to the vaccine, the Rock Island County Health Department will be providing a Tdap clinic on the following days and location:

Rock Island High School July 24-25, 2013 11 AM-7 PM

1400 25th Avenue

Rock Island, IL 61201

Students must have a signed parental consent to receive the vaccination.

Adults may also receive the vaccine.

Cost: Please call 309-794-7080 about payment options and insurance billing.

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