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Guilford County Department of Public Health Offers Additional Special Tdap Clinics (Health Event)

Guilford County Department of Public Health is holding two additional special immunization clinics to administer Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine to children who are currently in 6th grade or who were 12 years of age on or after August 1, 2009 who have not yet received the vaccination.  This vaccine is required by state law for school attendance and must be documented on the child’s shot record for school attendance.The special clinics will be held on Tuesday, September 29, from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at both Health Department locations, 1100 E. Wendover Avenue, Greensboro and 501 E. Green Drive, High Point. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and will be seen on a first come, first served basis. 

The Tdap shot is free of charge.  Parents/guardians should bring the child’s shot record and insurance card with them.

According to North Carolina law, children who are entering the 6th grade in public school on or after August 1, 2008 or who are 12 years of age on or after August 1, 2008, and entering non-public school, must have a Tdap booster shot if five or more years have passed since their last dose of this vaccine.
Tdap vaccine can protect adolescents and adults against three serious diseases.  Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria.  Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds. Tetanus, also known as Lockjaw, causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in up to 2 cases out of 10. Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death.  Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, causes severe coughing spells, vomiting, and disturbed sleep. It can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and passing out from violent coughing, pneumonia, and hospitalization due to complications.

For more information about Tdap, the special clinics or any childhood immunization, contact Guilford County Department of Public Health at 641-7777.

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