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Rising sixth graders need Tdap before school starts under new Virginia rules

All students entering sixth grade must present proof that they have received the Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis before starting school this year. Virginia rules changed in 2014. Now, all sixth-grade students are included. There is no exemption for those under 11 years of age.

Parents should check with their doctor to be sure their children have all required vaccines. Proof of immunization or documented exemption must be presented before students begin sixth-grade classes for the 2015-16 school year.

Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William Health District. Take a copy of proof of the Tdap vaccine to your child’s middle school as soon as possible between now and the start of the new school year and keep a copy for your files.

The Prince William Health District may be reached at the following locations and telephone numbers: 9301 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110, 703.792.6301, and 4001 Prince William Parkway, Ste. 101, Woodbridge, VA 22191, 703.792.7300.

Please take the time to get your student this important protection and to get their proof of the vaccine on file at their new middle school before the school year begins.

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