City health department offers free Tdap vaccinations for sixth graders

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(Courtesy VBDPH)
(Courtesy VBDPH)

The City’s public-health department will provide free Tdap vaccinations to rising sixth graders next Saturday.

Tdap protects adolescents and adults from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health said in a release. The vaccinations will be given at the health department, 4452 Corporation Lane, on Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  No appointments are needed. The student must be with a parent or guardian, who will need to bring a photo ID, an insurance card and the child’s current immunization record.

Under Virginia law, students must have a booster dose of Tdap vaccine before starting sixth grade, according to the release.

Some childhood vaccinations can wear off, so to reduce the risk of illness, children need a booster against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis when they are about 11 or 12, Stephanie Collazo, a nurse manager at the health department, said in a phone interview.

“Children at this age are susceptible to these diseases so we try to protect them from them,” she said. “Pertussis is still around.”

Students can also get a Tdap shot at the health department’s immunization clinic. For information about days and times, or to schedule an appointment, call 757-518-2700.

More information about childhood immunizations is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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