Sixth Grade Entry Law For Tdap Immunizations
The purpose of this is to inform you about a recent change in the immunization requirements for school entry related to diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine that will take effect September 1, 2007.
The key points regarding the requirements of the law and its implementation are:
• Students who are entering 6th grade or a comparable age-level special education school or program on or after September 1, 2007 and who are 11 years of age or older must receive an immunization containing tetanus toxoids, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap).
• If a student has received a Td, DT, or DTaP vaccination within the last two years, the student's Tdap vaccination should be deferred (with rare exceptions) until a period of two years has elapsed.
• 10-year-old students who are entering 6th grade will not be required to receive a Tdap vaccine and will not be excluded from school, but they must be flagged, tracked and immunized when they turn 11 years old.