As I mentioned last week, students in grades 7 through 12 must submit proof that they have received a whooping cough booster vaccination in order to be admitted to school. LAUSD is sponsoring legislation that would give students a 30-day grace period from the first day of school to provide that proof.
Five year-round schools started their new school year earlier this month and the vast majority of students did not have proof of vaccination. This year alone, there have been over 1,100 cases of whooping cough in California.
The bottom line: If you have a child in grades 7 through 12, be sure they get their whooping cough booster before school starts, and bring a copy of your child's vaccination record on the first day of school.
And while you're at it, get a booster shot yourself if you haven't had one in the last ten years.