By Joe Goldeen, Record Staff Writer
STOCKTON – “New rule: Tdap before school.”
If you haven’t heard that mantra yet, chances are you will soon, especially if you’re the parent of a child entering seventh through 12th grade in the coming year. A new state law taking effect July 1 requires all incoming students in those grades to show proof of immunization for pertussis, better known as whooping cough, or they will not be allowed back in school.
The new law, AB354, by former Assemblyman Juan Arambula, I-Fresno, applies to students in public and private schools. It requires proof of the Tdap immunization, short for tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccine.