A new law requires California students in grades 7-12 to provide proof that they have had the whooping cough (Tdap) booster shot or they cannot attend school after September 15.

Whooping cough is the common name for pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. It is marked by a severe, hacking cough followed by a high-pitched intake of breath. Whooping cough has been on the rise, causing many California school-aged children to get sick, and has been fatal for infants.

Since March, SFUSD has sent letters home explaining the law, called families, and provided free vaccination clinics, yet thousands of students still need to get their vaccination records in to their school office. Please ensure your child(ren) have been vaccinated and submit their records to the office as soon as possible.

For more details please visit SFUSD’s Tdap Vaccination web page. Additional information is also available at the California Department of Education’s TDAP web page and the CDC website.