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The whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is on the rise. As of June 15th, disease activity in 2011 is still at relatively increased levels throughout the state
Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease that spreads via tiny droplets into the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. In many cases the symptoms are relatively mild, similar to those of a common cold. However, sometimes they can quickly worsen and develop into a deep violent, hacking cough, followed by a characteristic whoop - the sound the sufferer makes when gasping for air.
The vaccination is known as tetanus toxoid-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap). It is ordinarily given as a single dose booster to persons 11 years of age and older. The California Department of Public Health also recommends that children aged seven to nine who have not yet received all of their routine shots receive a Tdap dose.Pertussis vaccinations are taken once in a lifetime. Tdap vaccinations can be subsituted for the traditional booster ten year tetanus shot.
For the 2011-2012 school year, all students entering into 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades will need proof of a Tdap shot for school. For 2012-2013 and future school years, all students entering into 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap shot for school.