Tdap Vaccine Requirement for rising 6th grade Students
The tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine, commonly called the Tdap vaccine, is a requirement for children entering the 6th grade in the fall of 2015. It is a booster to the childhood DTaP series. Tdap is routinely recommended for children at 11 years of age.
There will be a Free Tdap Clinic held during the school day at Enterprise Elementary School on June 4th, 2015. At this clinic, Tdap vaccine will be provided to 5th grade students by nurses from Prince William Health District (the health department).
Some children may have received a Tdap vaccine prior to 11 years of age. If your child has already received the Tdap vaccine, another dose of Tdap is not necessary prior to entry into 6th grade.
Student have received 2 documents to bring home:
The Tdap vaccine will be given FREE of charge regardless of insurance status. IF you have private insurance or Medicaid, an administration fee may be billed to your insurance/Medicaid. Parents/guardians WILL NOT have to pay anything for this Tdap Clinic service.
If your child does not receive the Tdap vaccine at the school’s Tdap Clinic, he/she can receive it from their health care provider or at the local health department. Please provide a letter to advise us if your child is not receiving the vaccine on June 4th at our Tdap clinic.
There are also other vaccines (Human Papillomavirus, Meningococcal, Hepatitis A, and Varicella) that are recommended for this age and should be discussed with your health care provider.
If you have any questions about the Tdap vaccine or the Free Tdap Clinic at school, please contact me at
Susan Carter, RN
Enterprise Elementary School
- The Tdap Vaccine Information Statement—please read it carefully.If you feel there is a medical reason that your child should not receive this vaccine, please contact your child’s health care provider to discuss your concerns.
- The Tdap Vaccination Consent Form—you must complete the entire form.If the form is not entirely completed, your child will not be able to be immunized at the clinic at your child’s school.
****The Tdap Vaccination Consent Form is due by: Friday, May 15th , 2015. All forms MUST be turned in by the deadline in order for your child to receive the Tdap vaccine at your school’s Tdap Clinic. Please also provide your child’s most recent shot record.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, "the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash you hands." Judicious hand washing can prevent not only common diseases like colds, but also more serious diseases like hepatitis A, meningitis, and infectious diarrhea.
Why hand washing is important
- Children have weaker immune systems than adults and can become sick quicker.
- 1 in 3 E.coli outbreaks is caused by poor hand washing by food preparers.
- Germs that cause disease live in meat, vegetables, and more.
- Germs are spread from unclean hands to food, usually when the food handler doesn’t wash after going to the bathroom. Germs are then passed on to those who eat the food.
- Germs spread from uncooked foods like hamburger to the hands, then from the hands to other foods like salads. The germs can remain in the salads and eventually affect those who eat the food.
- Putting cooked meat back into its original container re-contaminates the cooked food. - Cutting vegetables on the same board used to cut meat contaminates the vegetables.
6 Main Rules of Hand Washing
- Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, cleaning up after your pets, or handling money.
- Wash your hands when they’re dirty.
- Always wash you hands before eating.
- Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.
- Refrain from putting your fingers in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid touching people and surfaces with unclean hands.
Correct way of washing hands
- Wet hands with warm water (not hot) and use soap.
- Rub you hands together, making sure to scrub all areas.
- Rub for a minimum of 15 seconds or sing “Happy Birthday.”
- Rince thoroughly, then dry hands on a clean towel.
- Turn faucet off with the towel, not hands, to keep away from recontamination.
- 2/3 of adults in the US wash hands after using the bathroom.
- 1 in 4 adults don’t wash hands after changing diapers.
- Less than 1/2 of Americans wash hands after cleaning up after pets.
- 1 in 3 wash hands after sneezing/coughing.
- Less than 1 in 5 wash hands after touching money.
- 1 in 3 E.coli occurrences is caused from not washing hands before handling food.
By frequently washing your hands, you wash away germs that you have picked up from other people, or from contaminated surfaces, or from animals and animal waste. The simple act of consistently performing this basic task properly will make a big difference in your own household as well as in work, school and public settings.
If you know that your child is going to be absent, please contact the school through our attendance hotline. This phone line is dedicated solely for attendance and can be reached 24 hours a day and 7 days a week:
Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria
Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home from school.
1. FEVER of 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.
3. RASH of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).
4. HEAD INJURY—Should be monitored at home for the first 24-48 hours
5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
* Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.
* A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24
hours, before being considered non-contagious and able to return to school.
7.VOMITING or DIARRHEA–Even if it only happened once. When the child eats breakfast or lunch, it is very likely they will do it again! They need to be in a low stimulus environment, take in clear low sugared drinks and eat a bland diet. They should return to school after they have NOT had vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. Remember to wash hands after using bathroom and before eating anything! The stomach Bug is very contagious!
8. STIFF NECK associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
9. INADEQUATE IMMUNIZATIONS with known disease outbreak in school.
Please remember it is an extremely long day for a child who is sent to school ill. Remaining at home will help minimize the spread of the infections and viruses in the classroom and will allow your child a speedier recovery!