Grades 6-12 New Immunization Requirements
by Chris Sobatta
Beginning on the first day of next school year (Aug. 2012), students in the above noted grades MUST comply with the following new immunization law:
Please see explanation of different vaccines at the end of this announcement.
6th graders -- require one dose of Tdap regardless of the last time a DTaP, DT, or Td was given.
9th graders -- for those who haven’t received a dose of Tdap: one dose of Tdap regardless of the last time a DTaP, DT, or Td was given.
Here are some details about these vaccines that will hopefully clarify the issue:
The D = diphtheria; the T = tetanus; the aP = acellular pertussis (whooping cough)
The different formulations are: DTaP, DT, Td and Tdap
The UPPERcase letters used in identifying these vaccines indicate the pediatric dosage of each substance. The lower case letters indicate the dosage used for ages 11 – 64.
DTaP is approved for use in children under 7.
Tdap was first used in 2005
The pediatric dosage in this vaccine is higher than adult dosage, except for tetanus, whose dosage remains the same for all ages.