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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

1 Aug

August marks the time when parents and students alike are starting to think about back to school activities (whether we like it or not).  August is also National immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)! So, for the month of August, the i Choose blog will have posts related to immunizations for going back to school.

Back-to-School Immunizations is the focus in California

An apple for teacher, a history notebook—and now….a new vaccination!  This year, California has a brand new pertussis booster shot requirement for all 7th-12th graders.  To help get the word out, the California Department of Public Health, immunization coalitions, and local health departments are focusing their efforts for the month on back-to-school immunizations.  The main message this year?  Back to school also means a Tdap booster shot!

Batter up; Giants Help with Tdap Pitch!

Topping off the week, the San Francisco Immunization Coalition is conducting a special press event on August 2nd with the world-champion San Francisco Giants!  Word on the street is that Superintendent Tom Torlkason will join Giants players to alert parents (and baseball fans) across California that students need to get their Tdap shots to be ready for school.

Learn More, Get Up-to-Date Facts

Last year, California declared a whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic. This year, the disease numbers are still high, with nearly 2,000 cases from January to this past July.

A Fresno family whose son had whooping cough last year are featured in this new video PSA.  To keep up with all the latest new about the new  law and  school immunizations, check out  CDPH’s Shots for School website.

It’s going to be an exciting month. If you have a child going back to school, have you gotten their Tdap booster shot take care of? Are you: prepared? Confused? or just waiting until you get around to it? What’s your experience been like so far?