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Tdap Requirement for 7th Graders

2006
Content Provided by: Judy Schmidt
This photograph shows a 13 year old male receiving an intramuscular vaccination in the deltoid muscle, from a nurse.
Vaccinations are most often given via the intramuscular route in the deltoid or thigh muscle, to optimize the immune response of the vaccine and reduce the adverse reactions in and around the injection site.

Immunization requirements for school-age children were updated in the 2016-2017 school year. A dose of Tdap and MCV4 vaccine is required for all students entering 7th grade. Find Tdap and MCV4 vaccine at Hamilton County Public Health’s regular immunization clinics.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child received a Tdap or MCV4 recently?
If a child received a Tdap after the age of 7, he/she should not receive the Tdap at this time and can consider this requirement fulfilled. If a child has received the first MCV4 vaccine, the second MCV4 will be due prior to entrance into 12th grade. There must be a minimum of 8 weeks between the first and second MCV4 vaccines.

 

What is Tdap?
The Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine is important to protect adolescents and adults against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, a disease that is highly contagious.

 

What is MCV4? 
The MCV4 (meningococcal serogroups A, C, W and Y) vaccine can prevent 4 types of meningococcal disease including 2 of the 3 most common in the United States. There are other types of meningococcal disease that the MCV4 does not provide protection against.

 

Why should my child receive these vaccines?

Due to the increasing presence of whooping cough, a dose of Tdap vaccine is required by the Ohio Department of Health for students entering the 7th grade. Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that typically occurs in school age children. Vaccine protection from doses received during infancy diminishes over time, therefore an additional dose is necessary for optimum immunity.

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that is the leading cause of meningitis in children 2 – 18 years old in the United States. Two doses of MCV4 are required for school attendance in Ohio; the first prior to entering the 7th grade and the 2nd, prior to entering the 12th grade.

 

What if I don’t have insurance?

Individuals can be provided vaccination regardless of insurance status.

 

What are the risks associated with this vaccine?
Both the Tdap and MCV4 vaccines are administered as a shot in the upper arm. There may be some pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, but severe reactions are unusual. More details can be found in the Vaccine Information Statement.

 

How do I know if Tdap and MCV4 vaccines are medically appropriate for my child?

  • Talk to your child’s health care provider about getting the Tdap vaccine if your child has had epilepsy, Guillan Barre Syndrome or a serious reaction to a previous tetanus shot.
  • Talk to your child’s health care provider about getting the MCV4 vaccine if your child has had a serious reaction to a previous MCV4 vaccine.

 

What if my child is ill on the day of the vaccination clinic?

If your child is moderately or severely ill on the day of the clinic, you should wait until the child is recovered to receive the vaccination.

 

What other vaccines does my child need?

 

What if I have more questions?

Please contact our Nursing Program at 513-946-7882.