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MASON CITY, IA – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is urging parents to take children going into 7th to get the Tdap immunization shot.
This helps protect children and adults from the pertussis, or “whooping cough” virus.
Jennifer Stiles, a Disease Prevention Specialist from the Cerro Gordo Public Health Department said that, “it is a state law, this year, a requirement that all Iowa students entering the 7th grade be vaccinated, have a booster, of the Tdap vaccine, which includes pertussis.”
According to IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, there were over 1,600 cases reported in Iowa in 2012.
These numbers were a wake-up call to health officials and because the virus is so contagious this law was passed in order to protect everyone in the community.