Dear Parents/Guardians,

Beginning in the Fall 2011 school semester, all seventh-grade students must show proof of having received one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine before attendance is allowed.

Please have your student vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination prior to the first day of school. If your student has already had this vaccine, please contact your health care provider and have them fax your student’s immunization record to us at (580)497-3373.

Tdap vaccine is considered a booster to the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine that is required for kindergarten entry. Tdap vaccine is available from your doctor, clinic or healthcare provider and is covered by most health insurance plans. All county health departments also provide Tdap vaccine, especially for children who do not have health insurance. Most vaccines are even given at pharmacies such as Walmart and Walgreens. Please contact your healthcare provider or local health department to schedule an appointment or to find out the hours when vaccines are given.