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Illinois students are required to get the Tdap vaccine between grades 6 and 12 but, there's a national shortage of the vaccination that's not allowing students to get the shot.

"There was a problem with the production of it at one company," said Melanie Arnold of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Arnold says the reason there's not enough of the Tdap vaccination to go around is because of a few production issues. Tdap vaccinates against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, or whooping cough.

"They had to get all that vaccine off that one line," said Arnold. "Now that they're done, they're a little bit behind in that production."

But they're working on it.

"There's another manufacturer of the Tdap vaccine that is working to increase its production," said Arnold.
     
The vaccine shortage started in mid-August and hope it will end sometime next month. Meantime, Arnold says if students don't have the vaccine they can get a note from their doctor.

"Another thing is a verifiable record of an appointment to receive the tdap vaccine," said Arnold. "If a student can have that verified record of an appointment that will suffice for the requirement until the child is able to get the vaccine."
     
The state just recently made all students from 6th to 12th get the vaccine.

The CDC says tetanus kills 1 in 5 people. Just last year, over 40,000 people were exposed to the whooping cough.