Tdap Vaccine: New for 2019–2020

Tdap Vaccine: New for 2019–2020
Posted on 08/21/2019
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The 2019 General Assembly passed HB 2215, which changes the grade in which students receive a Tdap immunization (from 6th to 7th grade) in order to align with current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations. This legislation became effective July 1, 2019, and amends the Code of Virginia 32.1-46.A.4 so that is will require:

A minimum of three or more properly spaced doses of acellular pertussis vaccine. One dose shall be administered on or after the fourth birthday. A booster dose shall be administered prior to entry into the seventh grade.

What Does This Mean for You

If your student has already received the Tdap vaccine, they will not need another vaccine prior to entering 7th grade. You may turn in the documentation that your student has received the Tdap immunization in the main office this year.

If your student has not received the Tdap vaccine, please ensure your student is vaccinated prior to entering the seventh grade.

The school must have proof of this vaccination by the start of the student's 7th grade year in order for your child to attend classes on the first day of school.

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