During February the Perth District Health Unit will be hosting Adacel immunization clinics in high schools for eligible students.
High school clinics will be taking place from Feb. 14-23, across Perth County.
The Adacel vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Typically, students are due for this booster between 14 and 16 years of age.
Nurses at the health unit have reviewed the immunization records of all high school students in Perth County, and letters will have gone home through the school with students who are overdue for their boosters. If the last booster was given 10 or more years ago, as of May 8, 2012 these overdue students are at risk for suspension in accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act.
These students are strongly encouraged to get their booster at their high school’s immunization clinic. If a student cannot attend their school’s clinic, they may also make an appointment with their family doctor.
Letters have also gone home with students who will be coming due for the Adacel booster in the next few years inviting them to attend their high school clinic and be immunized.
As a reminder to parents and legal guardians, there is no minimum age for giving consent. High school-aged children can provide their own consent if they have the ability to understand the information about the disease and the vaccine.
Registered nurses will review the vaccine information at the clinic and will assess each student’s understanding. If any concerns are identified, the parent or legal guardian will be contacted. Otherwise, the student will receive the Adacel immunization.