In 2010, 9,143 cases of pertussis (including ten infant deaths) were
reported throughout California. This is the most number of cases reported in 63 years. For the 2012-2013 school year, and all future school years, all students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap (whopping cough) booster immunization, after their 7th birthday, prior to school in the fall. This new school immunization law affects all students in public and private schools.
To obtain a whooping cough vaccination for your child, please see your regular health care provider.
If your child does not
have health insurance or a primary medical doctor, please click here
for a list of community providers that offer pediatric primary care services, including vaccinations.
To check if your child is eligible for free or low-cost children’s health insurance, please call:
- Children’s Health Initiative: 888.244.5222
- Child Health & Disability Prevention Program: 408.792.5550
- Medi-Cal Eligibility: 408.817.6000
- SCVHHS Valley Connection: 1.888.334.1000
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department does NOT provide Tdap (whooping cough) vaccination to anyone < 18 years old.
Pregnant women should get the whopping cough vaccination from their OB/GYN