Updated July 7, 2014
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease that can be deadly if not treated properly. Each year, Santa Clara County reports more cases of active TB than 38 states. The Public Health Department is working to stop the spread of TB in our community. We offer TB prevention, testing, and treatment. Working with local healthcare providers, our dedicated team of TB specialists identifies and cures people who have been infected with the disease.
Change in the Tuberculosis (TB) School Mandate: From Universal Testing to Universal Risk Assessment and Targeted Testing
Effective June 1, 2014, students newly enrolling into school in Santa Clara County will be required to undergo TB testing ONLY if their healthcare provider identifies a risk factor for TB exposure. Prior to school enrollment children will be required to have their healthcare provider complete the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Risk Assessment for School Entry form. Take this form to your provider to complete and return to your child’s school. This requirement applies to students attending both public and private schools in Santa Clara County and is based on the authority given the Santa Clara County Health Officer under the California Health and Safety Code, Section 121515.
If your child does not have a regular health care provider, you may follow up at one of these community health centers to arrange for medical evaluation.
To learn more, download additional information regarding changes to the tuberculosis school mandate: