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Tdap Immunization Required for Sixth Graders

Provided by Prince William County Schools

Parents are reminded that the State of Virginia requires students entering sixth grade in Prince William County Public Schools this fall to present proof that they have had one booster shot of the Tdap vaccine. This is the vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap). If a Tdap has been administered after age 7, the requirement is met. By state law, without proof of this immunization or an exemption on file, children will not be able to enroll in school for the 2017–18 school year.

The booster shot may be listed as T, Td, Dtap, and/or Tdap. Please note that Tdap is a different vaccine than the DTaP vaccine. Parents are urged to call their child’s doctor or local health district if they have questions. Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William Health District. Documentation should be taken to your child’s middle school or PWCS Central Registration prior to the first day of school on August 28.

The Prince William Health District may be reached at the following locations and telephone numbers: 9301 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110, 703.792.6300, and 4001 Prince William Parkway, Ste. 101, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703.792.7300.

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