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Whooping Cough Booster Shot Required for All California 7th Graders

Tina Ho


Jun 9th, 2017

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Parents, as you are enjoying your family’s summer vacation, don’t forget school will start soon after all that fun in the sun. Get a head start and ensure your children are ready to start another school year by being up-to-date with all their immunizations. According to California law, it is a requirement for all students entering 7th grade to show proof of receiving a Tdap shot, better-known as the whooping cough vaccine. This is a requirement for private and public schools and the vaccination must be clearly documented on their immunization records.1

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease easily spread through the cough or a sneeze of an infected person. The hallmark symptom is uncontrollable, violent coughing that can make it difficult to breathe and can be a serious illness especially if spread to infants less than 1 year old.2

As of July 1, 2012, students entering the 7th grade will be required to show proof that they have received the whooping cough booster shot on or after their 7th birthday.1 The new immunization requirement is intended to reduce the spread of the illness and the number of pertussis outbreaks after a peak year in 2012 that resulted in over 48,000 reported cases.3 This was the highest number of pertussis cases since 1955.

Take steps to ensure you and your children are immunized and protected from whooping cough. Stay healthy and save time by going to your nearest Albertsons pharmacy to get the whooping cough vaccine. 

Available vaccinations vary by location and are subject to state law restrictions. See pharmacist for details. 


1. “Whooping Cough Booster Shot Required for 7th Graders.” Whooping Cough Booster Shot Required for 7th Graders. Sacramento County Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 30 May 2017.

2. “Pertussis (Whooping Cough).” Pertussis | Whooping Cough | Home | CDC. Centers for Disease Control, 26 Jan. 2016. Web. 30 May 2017.

3. “Pertussis Outbreak Trends.” Pertussis | Whooping Cough | Outbreaks | Trends | CDC. Centers for Disease Control, 8 Sept. 2015. Web. 30 May 2017.

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