Focus on Pertussis and Influenza Prevention. Get Vaccinated!
Cases of two serious diseases, both pertussis and the flu are increasing in the County. The good news is that they are both preventable with immunizations. The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine helps protect against pertussis and is required for 7th grade school entry. Influenza vaccine protects against three or four (depending on the type of flu vaccine) of the strains circulating this flu season.
Both vaccines are readily available. Flu vaccine is offered at doctors, private and public clinics, retail pharmacies and many other locations around the County. For a list of County Public Health Center flu immunization clinic locations, visit this page.
Parents can obtain the vaccine series and the Tdap booster shot for themselves and their children through their primary care physicians. Local retail pharmacies offer vaccinations for a fee, and anyone who is not covered by a medical insurance plan can get the shot from a County Public Health Center (click here for a list of County Public Health Centers).
Immunize children as young as four years now for transitional or regular kindergarten in the fall!
(A message from the California Department of Public Health)
Students are already registering for school this fall. Many four-year-old children in California with birthdays between September and December will be starting transitional kindergarten under a two-year program authorized under the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010.
Under California’s kindergarten immunization requirements, even four-year old children need their pre-kindergarten immunizations prior to the first day of transitional kindergarten. The federal ACIP, AAP, and AAFP recommend pre-kindergarten immunizations starting at four years of age. Make sure your patients are immunized before starting transitional or regular kindergarten!
Note: If a parent or guardian is requesting a personal beliefs exemption to a required immunization, documentation must be signed no sooner than 6 months prior to the first day of kindergarten. For more information, see www.shotsforschool.org.
Informed Immunization Consent Bill (AB2109) Becomes Law!
California Assembly Bill 2109 takes effect beginning in January, 2014.
This legislation requires that a parent or guardian who wants to exempt their child from school or childcare immunization requirements to first receive information from a licensed healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of vaccinations and the risks of vaccine preventable diseases. The provider signs a standardized form (created by the California Department of Public Health) that a parent or guardian would also sign, and then turn in to the school or child care facility. The form, CDPH Form 8262 is available in English and several languages. Visit this page for links to download them.
For an FAQ with more information about the new law and how it will be implemented, please click here.
Tools For School
Here is a link to assist you in getting ready for the new school year including the 7th Grade Tdap requirement.
Be prepared. Start your planning to
get 6th graders vaccinated. Perhaps a check-up during Winter
Break with their health care provider!
Also, let parents know when and how to turn
in documentation to your school.
Do you know how many incoming 7th graders have already provided documentation of their Tdap vaccination? Don't let your staff or your students be caught unprepared on the first day of school! Know how your school will collect vaccination documentation or an exemption by the time school starts!
Still getting oriented? Watch
the 20-minute minute video for school personnel and visit the FAQs at ShotsforSchools.org. See the sites listed below for more helpful information.
Resources to Help Schools
Resources to Help Parents
Teens Need Tdap Vaccine Protection
part of an effort to help protect pregnant women
and their unborn children from
vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, the
American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists maintains a website just for women
One area of emphasis is pregnant women and the
immunizations they need.
Pregnant adolescents are an important part of
this population. Schools can help facilitate the
promotion of immunization among their pregnant
adolescent students, and one of the most
pressing concerns is pertussis prevention, using
the Tdap vaccine.
Requirements for School and Childcare Entry
Flyer in downloadable PDF with latest requirements and
Proper Documentation of the Required Tdap Booster
Dose From a Provider
School/Child Care staff
can give the letter/flyer (linked above) to parents to
show their health care providers. It can help in
correctly documenting the required Tdap booster
Pertussis Booster Video PSA:
Watch The Pertussis School Entry Requirement Video:
The following links have been created by CDPH to assist you in protecting and educating your staff and students.
Would your staff benefit from learning more about Pertussis?
San Diego Immunization Program has created a short presentation that highlights the current state-wide pertussis epidemic and vaccine recommendations. We encourage our community partners to share this information within your own organization:
You will find flyers and posters to use within your organization by clicking here.
you have any questions regarding immunizations for
school or childcare, or if you would like an SDIP
staff person to speak at your next school or
childcare staff meeting or training session about
the importance of vaccination, please call:
Sterling (619) 692-8366
Mother Urges Adults to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine
Vaccines.gov: Consumer-Based Immunization Information Website!
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
today unveiled an innovative new website to help
parents and other consumers learn about the most
effective way to protect themselves and their
children from infectious diseases and learn
about immunization. Vaccines.gov
brings together the best in federal resources on
vaccine and immunizations to provide consumers
with easy-to-understand health information
specifically for their needs.
Washing your hands often and properly with soap and warm water is one of the best ways of protecting yourself against the flu and other contagious diseases. Here’s a podcast from the federal Centers for Disease Control for kids about the importance of handwashing, called:
“All You Have To Do Is Wash Your Hands”
Schools & Child Care Response Kits for Influenza
Vaccinate B4U Graduate
is a campaign developed by the California School Nurses Organization in partnership with the California Department of Health Services to encourage high school seniors and 8th graders to get immunized before graduation. more...
“Happy Handwashing” Song and Video is a resource for kids, teachers, schools, partners, health educators, parents, and others.