Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have a Student Entering Seventh Grade This Year?
If yes, he or she may need a booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis).
Effective July 1, 2019, the Tdap booster will no longer be required for students entering sixth grade. Instead, the Tdap booster will be required for students entering seventh grade. Parents or guardians should ask their private healthcare provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. Students who have received a Tdap booster at age seven or older will meet the school immunization requirement for Tdap and will not need another dose prior to entering seventh grade. Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap booster.
Documentation must be provided to the school student information assistant (SIA) or registrar as soon as possible. Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:
- A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the month, day, and year the Tdap vaccine was given.
- A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the month, day, and year the Tdap vaccine was given.
- A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption for a student who cannot receive the immunization due to medical reasons.
- A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf.
Fairfax County Public Schools tracks compliance with this state requirement and students who do not meet the requirement before August 26, 2019, will not be able to start school.
Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found on the Fairfax County Health Department website.
If you have any questions, contact Teresa Gallahan, School Health Specialist, Department of Special Services, at 571-423-4313 or at email@example.com