Iowa middle school students have new vaccination requirements
As parents and kids put together back to school lists, they might want to consider something other than just notebooks and shoes. How about adding vaccinations to the list.
Iowa has a new requirement for all seventh grade students. It's an updated booster that covers whooping cough.
They're required to have a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine booster. Lori Baldwin with Siouxland District Health said Iowa had more than 1,600 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in 2012 which is abnormally high.
Baldwin said it's not just a problem for teens. While many teens may have the persistent cough, Baldwin said if they have a younger brother or sister it can really put them in danger.
The Iowa Department of Public Health urges parents to make sure their child's immunizations are up-to-date before school starts. It's also required for children attending a licensed child care center or school.
It's not required for 8th through 12th-graders, but a Tdap booster is recommended for those who haven't received it yet.
Siouxland District Health is hosting a vaccination clinic on August 5, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. It's for those families without health insurance or that are on medicaid.
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