The Ohio Department of Health recently revised the School Immunization Requirements to include a dose of Td or Tdap to be administered before a student enters the seventh grade (effective with the 2010-2011 school year and progressively thereafter). This dose is intended to be administered as a booster dose for students who have completed the required doses of the initial series of DTaP/DT/Td. Therefore, your current sixth grader will need to show proof of having received this booster dose before they can retrun to school in the fall.
If your child completed the original DTP/DTap/DT series and later received Td or Tdap for any injury or other reason within five (5) years of entering 7th grade, they need not be re-immunized. Please provide the date the Td or Tdap was received. (Students who received only Td rather than Tdap should be immunized with Tdap five (5) years after the Td immunization. Check with your healthcare provider.)
You are receiving this letter now to provide you with ample time to have your child immunized before the coming school year begins. Please contact your physician or health department to schedule an appointment.