Legislation effective July 1 changes the grade in which students receive Tdap vaccine from sixth to seventh grade.
Posted on 06/21/2019
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The Virginia General Assembly passed a law in the 2019 legislative session that changes the grade in which students receive the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) adolescent booster vaccine from sixth to seventh grade. This legislation becomes effective July 1, 2019, and aligns with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, changing the minimum recommended age for the Tdap adolescent booster vaccine from 10 to 11 years. As a result, a routine adolescent booster dose of Tdap should not be administered to students younger than 11 years of age. Students who received a Tdap immunization at age 10 will not need another Tdap vaccine to enter seventh grade.

By state law, without proof of this immunization or an exemption on file, children will not be able to enroll in school for the 2019–20 school year. A list of frequently asked questions from the Virginia Department of Health (Word) may help to answer concerns or questions. Parents are urged to call their child’s doctor or local health district if they have additional questions.

Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William County Health District. Documentation should be taken to your child’s middle school or the Office of Central Registration Services.

The Prince William County Health District may be reached at these 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.