New vaccination now required for seventh graders
The Tunica County School District reminds all that a new vaccination will be mandatory for the 2012-2013 school year. Mississippi will join 41 other states in requiring a recent Tdap vaccination for all students entering the 7th grade.
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination provides protection against whooping cough (pertussis), a highly contagious disease that can be severe or fatal, especially in very young children. Infants who are too young to be vaccinated against pertussis must be protected by ensuring that adolescents and adults around them cannot carry the disease.
Why vaccinate at this age?