Sixth graders must have shots

September 27, 2010 4:42:22 PM PDT
The clock is ticking for local sixth graders who are required to have three vaccinations. If they don't get them, they won't be allowed in school.

On Monday, parents and their children came early to the Wake County Health Department to get free tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or Tdap vaccination which are mandatory for all sixth graders.

Health authorities prefer having them done before school starts.

"We have hit the 30-day mark for exclusion if students have not received their Tdap booster. It's required for them to go into the sixth grade," explained Wake County Tdap coordinator Michelle Nicely.

While it may be a hassle for parents to get kids to the doctor, the shots prevent some nasty diseases that can cause lockjaw, breathing problems, and violent coughing.

Click here for more information about what immunizations are required for North Carolina students

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