Posted Online: April 15, 2013, 4:15 pm

Tdap Immunization Clinics available at schools

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Press release submitted by Rock Island County Health Department


A new requirement from the Illinois Department of Public Health for the 2013-14 school year requires that students in the sixth through the twelfth grades receive one dose of Tdap vaccine (containing tetanus, diphtheria, and accellular pertussis). Students must provide proof of having received the vaccine, proof of having an appointment to receive the vaccine, or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the school system by October 15, 2013 or they will be excluded from school.

According to Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, this change is being required because there has been an increase in pertussis (whopping cough) in Illinois during the past six years. The disease has been on the rise in pre-teens and teens, indicating a waning immunity from infant and childhood immunizations. Pertussis is very contagious and is spread through the air by an infected person talking, coughing, or sneezing.

To assist in providing access to the vaccine, the Rock Island County Health Department and the School Health Link Inc. will be providing Tdap clinics in the following locations:

Glenview Middle School April 17, 2013 8 AM

United Township High School April 19, 2013 8:30 AM

Riverdale High School April 29, 2013 8:30 AM

Moline High School May 9, 2013 4-7 PM

Rock Island High School July 24-25, 2013 11 AM-7 PM

Students must present a signed parental consent to receive the vaccination.

Individuals, 18 to 64 years of age, accompanying students to the clinics may also receive the vaccine.

Cost: Please call 309-794-7080 or 309-732-0958 about payment options and insurance billing