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Health Department to offer Tdap Immunizations in Schools

By Gretchen Smith

March 07, 2019

BUNNELL, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Flagler (DOH-Flagler) is working with Flagler Schools to provide free vaccine to protect students in sixth grade from whooping cough.

The vaccine, commonly referred to as Tdap, provides protection against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Florida Law requires that students entering seventh through twelfth grades receive this vaccine, unless the parents file a valid exemption.

The Tdap vaccine will be provided at all elementary schools beginning April 23, thanks to DOH-Flagler.

A letter and consent form will be mailed to parents in mid-March. Parents wanting to have their child vaccinated should complete the consent form and send it back to their child’s school by Monday, April 1.

The free clinics are being provided because Pertussis is highly contagious and can cause severe and prolonged coughing spells. Vaccination is the best way to prevent it. If many are vaccinated, a strong wall of protection is created for the whole group.

“We encourage parents of sixth graders to take advantage of this free opportunity to protect their children,” said Robert Snyder, county health officer. “These immunizations will help keep students healthy and in the classroom, where they need to be to make the most of their school experience.”

For more information about the vaccine or immunization scheduling, contact 386-437-7350 ext. 7069.

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For information about the Florida Department of Health in Flagler, go to flagler.floridahealth.gov, call 386-437-7350, or visit 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell.