State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today urged parents of students entering the seventh grade to vaccinate their children to protect them against whooping cough as required by California law.
"I call on all parents to act as soon as possible and ensure their children receive this important vaccination," Torlakson said. "Taking a few minutes now will help protect your child's health, and help them get off to a smooth start in the next school year."
"In 2010, 9,000 Californians were diagnosed with pertussis and 10 infants died from the disease. Due to the collective statewide vaccination efforts this past year, pertussis cases are dramatically lower in California," said Dr. Ron Chapman, Director of the California Department of Public Health. "If your child has not yet been vaccinated, please do so immediately."
Read more of the CDE News Release HERE.