Memorandum a Reminder of Tdap School Requirement for the 2013-14 School Year

posted Apr 22, 2013, 2:26 PM by Mary Ann Quivey
Department of Public Health
Memorandum a Reminder of Tdap School Requirement for the 2013-14 School Year

The Illinois Department of Public Health recently distributed a memo on the new Tdap school requirement for the 2013-14 school year. It is available online at
http://www.isbe.net/pdf/school_health/tdap-reminder0413.pdf.
 
This memo is to inform providers that the Illinois Department of Public Health amended the Child Health Examination Code Part 665 to require students in the sixth through 12th grades to show proof of recent pertussis vaccination. The revised rule requires that all students entering, advancing or transferring into sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th or 12th grades show proof of receiving one dose of Tdap vaccine (defined as tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose.
 
The revised rules align the vaccination requirement with the existing physical examination requirements for students entering sixth grade and ensures that older students receive needed “catch up” vaccinations to reduce the risk of acquiring pertussis. This is particularly important as the increase in pertussis cases among school-aged children and adolescents, which began in
2010, has continued throughout 2012. Vaccination of children and adolescents has proved effective in reducing the spread of pertussis within communities.
 
Read more from the memorandum, which includes resources and more, on ISBE’s School Health Issues webpage at http://www.isbe.net/school_health.htm.
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