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Thursday
Apr192012

New Requirement to Enter into the 6th or 9th Grade

As you may be aware, in the past few months, we’ve seen an increase in pertussis cases, commonly known as “whooping cough,” in the McHenry County. Hundreds of cases had been reported.  

As a result, the IL Department of Public Health has issued the implementation of Tdap vaccination requirement for children entering the 6th and 9th grade this coming fall.  Students without proof of Tdap vaccination, or an approved medical or religious exemption on the file with the school, or an appointment to receive the Tdap shot during the school year will be subject to exclusion. 

If your child has not received the vaccine, we would encourage you to make an appointment with our office so that we can not only provide the necessary vaccinations, but we can also complete a full assessment of your child’s health. More importantly, a complete head-to-toe health exam may:

 

  •  Find and treat health problems before they become serious.
  •  Allow parents and children to ask questions about the child’s health.
  • Help parents and children establish a relationship with a primary care physician or nurse practitioner.
  • Help establish a healthy baseline to aid diagnosis when children become sick.
  • Health help children stay healthy.

Keep in mind that Whooping cough is an extremely contagious disease and symptoms are similar to those of a cold, including runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and a cough that gradually worsens. Immunizations are the single most protective factor against pertussis.

Give us a call at 847-854-9402 at your earliest convenience so we can schedule that appointment soon.  And we thank you for entrusting us with the healthcare of your child. 

To read a FAQ, go to this link.