California law requires that all students entering the seventh through 12th grades must provide proof of the t-dap booster shot for pertussis, otherwise known as "whooping cough." The requirement includes students in both public and private schools.
Students who do not have proof of the vaccine will not be allowed in school at the start of the 2012 school year.
Fresno Unified has mobile units that will be traveling across the district to provide vaccination services for students.
FRESNO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT -- PRESS RELEASE
All students starting kindergarten and 7th grade have immunization requirements before the start of school. Fresno Unified wants to make it easier for families to meet the requirements in order to ensure that all children are in school and ready to begin the new academic year on day one.
All students entering Kindergarten are required to have been vaccinated against Polio, DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus), MMR (mumps, measles and rubella), Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chickenpox). All students entering 7th grade have to show proof of vaccination against Pertussis (Whooping Cough/Tdap).
Starting Tuesday, August 14, Fresno Unified's Department of Health Services will host immunization clinics and be available to conduct well-child and sports physicals for students. The requirements to be vaccinated or see a certified medical professional for a physical are as follows: Immunizations for kindergarten and 7th grade No appointment necessary
Free for Medi-Cal users, uninsured or those who qualify on the basis of income (call 457-3294 to check eligibility.) Bring current card if insured by Medi-Cal Tdap vaccine is free for all Fresno Unified students Parent or guardian must accompany student and bring current immunization record Well-Child and Sports Physicals By appointment only: Call 457-3294 to schedule an appointment Parent/Legal guardian must accompany student Bring current immunization record Bring current card if insured by Medi-Cal Wear comfortable clothes and running shoes for sports physicals Free of charge
Immunization Clinic Schedule
Where: FUSD Instructional Media Center 3132 E. Fairmont Avenue
When: August 14 (2:00pm - 7:00pm) August 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 (1:00pm - 5:00pm)
Mobile Health Unit Schedule
August 16th King/Carver 12:00pm - 4:00pm
August 18th Olmos Elementary 8:00am - 12:00pm
August 21st Addams Elementary 12:00pm - 4:00pm
August 23rd Mayfair Elementary 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Starting August 17, Edison, Hoover and Sunnyside High Schools will have professional in-house available to administer the Tdap vaccine
Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
Maintaining good health is vital to ensuring that students are not absent from school and missing academic instruction. More information about the immunization requirements, including the California Department of Public Health's Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry, can be found here on Fresno Unified's website.