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Virginia Immunization Requirement for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap)

Dear Parent or Guardian of a Current Fifth Grader:

Effective July 1, 2014, all students in Virginia must receive a booster dose of Tdap vaccine prior to entering sixth grade.

Please check your child’s immunization records carefully. If your child is required to have a Tdap booster, we ask that your child receive it and that you provide documentation to the school prior to August 1, 2017.  This documentation can be a copy of your child’s immunization record, or a note from your physician listing the month, day and year of his or her most recent Tdap booster shot. The Tdap booster can be obtained from your child’s physician or the Health Department.

 It is most important that you attend to this matter soon. Sixth graders cannot begin school in the fall without documentation of having had the Tdap booster.

Please contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation.

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