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Whooping cough vaccinations offered

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All students entering grades 7 through 12 must provide proof of immunization against whooping cough (also known as pertussis) for the upcoming school year. In light of California’s recent whooping cough epidemic, this is even more important to protect students and their families. “The best way to get the pertussis vaccine, called “Tdap,” is through your family’s health care provider since they can also provide any other needed vaccines and care,” said Dr. Richard Burton, Placer County Health Officer. “However, the new school year is approaching quickly, so Placer County is offering low-cost Tdap vaccine clinics during August for those students who would otherwise be unable to obtain the vaccine before school,” he added. Placer County’s Health and Human Services Department will be offering these Tdap clinics at a cost of $9 per person from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Rocklin’s Library, 4890 Granite Drive. Clinics will also be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the C.D.R.C. Bldg. (corner of Richardson and Bell Road in the Dewitt Center) in Auburn and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, One Medical Plaza Dr., Level 2, Conference Rooms A & B. ~ Staff report