Health experts are urging parents to ensure their children are vaccinated; booster shot proof required for sixth- and ninth-graders.
The number of Will County whooping cough cases in 2012 has already surpassed the total number reported for all of 2011 -- 34 this year vs. 28 in 2011. As a result, the Will County Health Department is joining with the Northern Illinois Health Consortium to urge parents to make sure their children's vaccinations are up to date so they can prevent them from contracting the illness. This year, the state of Illinois has a new requirement that for sixth- and ninth-grade students must show proof of having received a single dose of Tdap, the whooping cough (also known as pertussis) booster vaccination. “Diseases that have been practically eliminated in the U.S. are just a plane ride away, so while we are seeing near record low cases of some …
New state rule designed to combat whooping cough outbreaks that have occurred annually in schools since 2010, Will County Health Department Says.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
In response to the pertussis/whooping cough outbreaks of the last two years, all sixth- and ninth-grade students will have to provide proof they've received a booster vaccine when enrolling for the 2012-13 school year. The Will County Health Department put out the notice this week to alert parents to the state change that requires students at those two grade levels to have one dose of the tentanus/diptheria/pertussis (Tdap) booster vaccine. Any student who fails to the get shot will not be allowed to attend school, the health department news release said. Last December, a fifth of the 25 whooping cough cases reported in Will County involved Plainfield residents. Whooping cough/pertussis is a potentially dangerous bacterial disease that's …