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School Code Change Requiring More Students to Get Tdap Vaccine

BLOOMINGTON - This fall, those entering sixth through 12th grade must get vaccinated.
BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois School Code is now requiring more students to get vaccinated before the year starts.

This fall, those entering sixth through 12th grade must get a Tdap shot.

The booster prevents pertussis, otherwise known as "whooping cough."

The highly contagious disease causes uncontrollable, violent coughing, making it hard to breathe.

The McLean County Health Department says recent outbreaks among children prompted the change.

Four years ago, Illinois had about 650 cases.

Last year, that number tripled to more than 2,000.

"Almost an alarming trend in the growth of pertussis across the nation and even in Illinois,” explained Immunization Clinic Supervisor Trish Cleary. “Even in McLean County we've had some cases this year.  So, we want to protect the most vulnerable in our population.”

Children who've received the Tdap vaccine last year will not need to get the booster again.

For those needing an appointment, the McLean County Health Department still has openings.

Call 309-888-5450 for more information.

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