As of July 1, 2011 a new school immunization law requires all students entering the 7th grades in California receive a pertussis (whooping cough) booster shot (Tdap). Read more below.
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What is the whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) Law?
For 2012-2013 and future school years, all students entering into 7th grade ONLY will need proof of a Tdap shot for school.
Talk to your child's pediatrician or health care provider to ensure childhood vaccines are up to date and to get proof of Tdap vaccination.
If your child does not have a health care provider or vaccines are not covered call Napa County Public Health (707) 253-4270 for free appointments.
For more information visit: www.shotsforschool.org/tdaplaw.html
What should I do if I have whooping cough?
If you think you or someone in your care has whooping cough, talk to your health care provider immediately.
- If you DO NOT have health insurance or a regular health care provider AND you are in close contact with (an) infant(s) under 1 year of age:
- Call Napa County Public Health for pertussis testing (707) 253-4231
- If you DO NOT have health insurance or a regular health care provider BUT you DO NOT have close contact with (an) infant(s) under 1 year of age:
- If you LIVE in Napa County, call Clinic Ole to become a patient and get an evaluation to find out if you need treatment (707) 254-1770
- If you do NOT live in Napa County, please seek medical care in your county of residence.
How do you get whooping cough?
- Whooping cough is spread very easily from person to person by coughing and sneezing.
- Most babies get whooping cough from their parents or someone who lives with them and/or cares for them.
How can I prevent (stop) whooping cough?
1) Get vaccinated
- There are safe and effective vaccines for children and adults to prevent whooping cough.
- See below about the different types of vaccine and where to get them.
2) Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds
- Good handwashing habits help to stop the spread of germs.
- Teach your children to wash their hands the right way and set a good example for them by washing your hands often.
3) Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Whooping cough is spread mostly by coughing and sneezing.
- Cover your coughs with your sleeve or a tissue.
- Wash your hands after coughing and sneezing.
4) If you think you are sick with pertussis talk to a health care provider
- There are treatments (medicine) available for whooping cough.
- A health care provider can help determine if you have whooping cough and if you are still infectious (spreading the bacteria to others).
Where can I get the whooping cough vaccine?
Children under 10 years:
- Talk to your child's pediatrician or health care provider to ensure childhood vaccines are up to date.
- Ask specifically about the Tdap vaccine.
- If your child does not have a health care provider:
- Contact Napa County Public Health (707) 253-4270 for vaccination appointments.
Children +10 years and Adults:
- Adolescents and adults need a Tdap booster shot to make sure they are still protected from the bacteria that causes whooping cough.
- Be sure to ask your health care provider for a Tdap booster shot that includes protection for pertussis.
- If you do not have health insurance or you cannot get the Tdap vaccine from your regular health care provider:
- Contact contact Napa County Public Health (707) 253-4270 for vaccination appointments.
- Tdap vaccine will be available FREE from the Public Health Clinic.