Pat Stalcup, Ramona Unified School District nurse, reminds parents and guardians that all student entering grades 7 through 12 need to show proof of having a pertussis (Tdap) booster shot before starting school in August.
Many parents may not realize that their children have already had the booster immunization, she said, adding, “they just need to bring it to school.”
School officials are asking for proof of the whooping cough booster immunization before June 6 to avoid long lines before school starts in August.
“You’re not going to be able to pick up your schedule and you will not be allowed in school the first day without proof of immunization,” the district nurse said. “Don’t wait. Do it now.”
The new requirement is the result of a state law that applies to public and private schools.
The Public Health Department at 1521 Main St. in Ramona will provide the immunizations from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 15. The Tdap booster also is available from primary care providers and North County Health Services at 217 Earlham St.
ArchHealth Partners at 1236 Main St. is offering free immunizations to the first 50 uninsured students who arrive on June 4. The free immunizations will start at 8 a.m.
More information is on the school district website at www.ramonausd.net.