Sixth Grade Vaccine

By: Leigh Abraham Email
By: Leigh Abraham Email

State health officials say the number of new whooping cough cases is on the rise.

That's why actions are being taken to keep it and other illnesses out of our schools.

Rockingham school nurse Emily Heatwole says the state is taking aggressive steps to protect your children.

"In the summer there was a new ruling from the legislature that all sixth graders had to have a tetanus diphtheria, pertussis booster shot mainly because of some outbreaks of pertussis."

Pertussis is whooping cough and schools in the valley are determined to keep your child healthy even if it means sending at risk children home.

"At some point students will be excluded from school if they don't have the immunization,” says Nurse Heatwole.

If your child hasn't received the vaccine within the past five years, the state says they need to get the shot.

District officials say about a hundred students still needed to get the vaccine as of early November.

If you do go to the health department you can make an appointment and its free there says Nurse Heatwole.

In Waynesboro officials say as many as one third of students may still need the shot.

You can make an appointment at the Waynesboro health clinic.

Staunton school officials are pleased to say all sixth grade students have been vaccinated.

And in Augusta County, only one student had not been vaccinated and they are working with the parents to get the child vaccinated.


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