Big Bear, CA, March 10, 2011, noon – Beginning July 1, 2011, all students entering grades 7-12 must provide proof of having immunization against Whooping Cough (‘Tdap’) before starting school. This new school requirement applies to all public and private schools. Parents are being urged not to wait for the new fall school year, since there will be no grace period.  Under the new law, students will not be allowed to start school without proof of vaccination. If a child does not have health insurance, or is only partially insured, your child’s doctor or your local health department can provide information about the Vaccines for Children Program which provides free or low-cost vaccines. For more information, please visit  Adults who are caregivers, new parents, and healthcare workers should also get the Whooping Cough vaccine. You must call 1-800-722-4777 to make an appointment. You can get the vaccine locally through San Bernardino County Public Health at the corner of Summit Boulevard and Big Bear Boulevard on Fridays. The cost is $10.00.

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