There are vaccines available that are highly recommended for our high school population. All vaccines may be obtained at your student’s physician’s office or clinic.
During past years we have had outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) in the district. Pertussis is highly contagious and can be life-threatening to infants. The pertussis vaccine that is received in childhood loses its potency by about age 12 and thus a new booster vaccine (Tdap) has been developed. It is particularly important for students who have contact with infants or the elderly to receive this booster.
A vaccine for meningococcal infections is also available. These infections are extremely serious and can rapidly progress to meningitis, pneumonia, and death. This immunization is especially recommended if your student will be leaving for college and living in a dormitory.
A vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is now available for both males and females. Certain strains of HPV are the causes of cervical cancer in girls. HPV can cause genital warts in boys and can be easily transmitted to others. HPV often has no symptoms and can go undetected, which makes it particularly dangerous.
Please check with your private physician concerning these vaccines.
ALERT: AB 354 Requires that all students entering the 7-12th grades show proof of immunization against pertussis.