Whooping Cough vaccination, 2011 school law requires shot

FRESNO, Calif.

The requirement includes students in both public and private schools. Students who do not have proof of the vaccine will not be allowed to enter school at the start of the 2011 school year.

The shot is available through private health care providers. A clinic is also being held for students in the Fresno Unified School District.

The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fresno County Health Department. The address is 1221 Fulton Mall in Downtown Fresno on the first floor.

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With the start of the 2011-12 school year, a new law requires that all students entering seventh through 12th grade must provide proof of the Tdap booster shot for pertussis, also known as whooping cough. To meet this requirement, students need to have one dose of the vaccine on or after the student's seventh birthday. (The law does allow some exemptions.)

The vaccine may be obtained from:

Private health-care provider

Kaiser (members)

Clinica Sierra Vista (for clinic locations visit www.clinicasierravista.org)

If the above are unable to provide the Tdap booster, contact the Fresno County Health Department: 1221 Fulton Mall first floor, 445-3550; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; walk-ins accepted in morning, appointment required in afternoon.

For children without private health insurance or Healthy Families who qualify for Medi-Cal or the Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP) program, vaccinations are available at:

Fresno County Health Department: 1221 Fulton Mall first floor; 445-3550; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; walk-ins accepted anytime. Information may also be obtained from the vaccination hotline at 457-6100 (English), 457-6101 (Spanish) or 457-6102 (Hmong).

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