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Elk Grove Gets Head Start On Required Shots

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A new state law says kids who don't get the shot won't be allowed to attend middle or high school during the 2011-2012 school year.

Elizabeth Graswich is with the Elk Grove Unified School District…which is holding a free booster shot clinic today.

"For Elk Grove Unified this is a big deal. We have about 29,000 students who will be entering 7th through 12th grade next year. That's a lot of students to get proof of this pertussis shot. So we're asking families to get the shot now."

Graswich says families can avoid the back-to-school rush over the summer by getting the shots as early as possible.

Today's free clinic will be from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Sheldon High School cafeteria. 

The new state law requiring adolescent pertussis…or T-dap…shots was enacted following a whooping cough epidemic last year.

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