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Dial 211 for whooping cough vaccine information

July 29, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, 2011 – A new California law for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year requires that all students entering into grades 7-12 have proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot called Tdap. Information about pertussis and Tdap vaccinations in the Bay Area is available in more than 150 languages by simply dialing 211.

Tdap is a booster vaccine for older children, adolescents, and adults that safely protects against three dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (also called pertussis). Whooping cough is a serious disease that causes coughing fits that can last for months. It can be deadly for infants. In recent years, whooping cough has increased in the U.S. and was widespread in California in 2010.

This new Tdap requirement is for current students, new students and transfer students in both private and public schools. Avoid the rush and make an appointment with your regular doctor or health care provider to get your child vaccinated. Once vaccinated, keep documentation of your child’s Tdap booster shot in a safe place.

Your local 211 call center can answer many questions, such as:

-Where can I get my child vaccinated?

-What if I don’t have insurance? Can my child still receive the Tdap booster?

-What if my child doesn’t have proof of a Tdap shot before school starts in the Fall?

Residents who can’t dial 211 can call 800-273-6222 to reach the 211 call center in their area. For the hearing impaired, dial 415-808-4440 (TTY) or 711.

About 211

211 is an easy-to-remember, toll-free phone number that connects callers with local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care and more. During a disaster, 211 provides critical information about evacuation routes, food and shelter, as well as support with finding new jobs and permanent housing during long-term recovery. 211 is confidential and available 24 hours a day in more than 150 languages. 211 Bay Area is operated by United Way of the Bay Area, United Way Silicon Valley, United Way of the Wine Country, Eden I&R, and Contra Costa Crisis Center. 211 is available in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma Counties. For more information, visit




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