Tdap Vaccination Information

Important information for rising 5th grade students.

It’s not too early to start thinking about preparing for middle school. According to Virginia State law all sixth graders must receive a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) booster dose of the vaccine. This must be on file at Caroline Middle School prior to the first day of school.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why is this vaccine required?
A: This vaccine will help protect your child and the community from whooping cough. Whooping cough is a serious disease that causes coughing fits that last for months. In recent years, whooping cough has been increasing in Virginia.

Q: What type of documentation do I need to show that my child had the required vaccination?
A: The following documentation will be accepted:
• Note or letter, signed by your health care provider
• Copy of student’s immunizations record from your health care provider and signed by the provider. The documentation needs to have your child’s full name, date of birth, and the date the shot was given.

Q: Where can my child receive Tdap vaccination?
A: The booster can be obtained from your doctor, a military clinic, or the health department.

Q: My doctor will not give my child their Tdap vaccination until he/she turns 11 years old, what documentation do I need to start school?
A: You must provide written documentation from your physician stating that your child is scheduled to receive the vaccine at the appropriate date.

Q: What if my child does not have proof of the Tdap vaccine before school starts?
A: Students who have not submitted proper documentation of having the Tdap booster will not be allowed to attend school until documentation is provided. If your child is to be exempt from the vaccination you must provide the documentation through a signed medical exemption from your medical provider or a religious exception that has been notarized.

Q: Who do I give the documentation to? A: If your child receives the booster during the fifth grade school year, give the documentation to your school nurse. It will be placed in your student’s medical file and recorded in the electronic medical record. If your child receives the booster during the summer, you can take the documentation Caroline Middle School main office. Make sure that you keep a copy for your records

We want you and your student to have a good experience beginning middle school. It’s an important and exciting time in your student’s life.
Please check with your medical provider or school nurse if you have questions.

It’s not too early to start thinking about preparing for middle school. According to Virginia State law all sixth graders must receive a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) booster dose of the vaccine. This must be on file at Caroline Middle School prior to the first day of school.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why is this vaccine required?
A: This vaccine will help protect your child and the community from whooping cough. Whooping cough is a serious disease that causes coughing fits that last for months. In recent years, whooping cough has been increasing in Virginia.

Q: What type of documentation do I need to show that my child had the required vaccination?
A: The following documentation will be accepted:
• Note or letter, signed by your health care provider
• Copy of student’s immunizations record from your health care provider and signed by the provider. The documentation needs to have your child’s full name, date of birth, and the date the shot was given.

Q: Where can my child receive Tdap vaccination?
A: The booster can be obtained from your doctor, a military clinic, or the health department.

Q: My doctor will not give my child their Tdap vaccination until he/she turns 11 years old, what documentation do I need to start school?
A: You must provide written documentation from your physician stating that your child is scheduled to receive the vaccine at the appropriate date.

Q: What if my child does not have proof of the Tdap vaccine before school starts?
A: Students who have not submitted proper documentation of having the Tdap booster will not be allowed to attend school until documentation is provided. If your child is to be exempt from the vaccination you must provide the documentation through a signed medical exemption from your medical provider or a religious exception that has been notarized.

Q: Who do I give the documentation to? A: If your child receives the booster during the fifth grade school year, give the documentation to your school nurse. It will be placed in your student’s medical file and recorded in the electronic medical record. If your child receives the booster during the summer, you can take the documentation Caroline Middle School main office. Make sure that you keep a copy for your records

We want you and your student to have a good experience beginning middle school. It’s an important and exciting time in your student’s life.
Please check with your medical provider or school nurse if you have questions.