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New Vaccine Rule Affects 7th Graders in South Carolina

8/1/2013

The State
South Carolina's Homepage
July 30, 2013

By JOEY HOLLEMAN — jholleman@thestate.com

A new regulation requires all seventh-graders in South Carolina have booster shots for the vaccination for tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough.

Most infants get the vaccination, called Tdap, but the protection “fades with time, and by 10, the effectiveness of the original vaccine can decrease,” said Dr. Riyadh Muhammad, pediatrician and medical consultant for the stated Department of Health and Environmental Control.

DHEC is putting on free vaccine clinics all over the state in the coming weeks to make it easier for parents to get their kids vaccinated. All seventh-graders need proof of Tdap booster shots before beginning school this August. The health department estimates about 36,000 of the 60,000 students entering seventh grade have up-to-date Tdap protection because they’ve been given booster shots in recent years. That means about 24,000 still need the shots before school starts.

To see the full article go to http://www.thestate.com/2013/07/30/2889607/new-vaccine-rule-affects-seventh.html

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