Dear Parent / Guardian,
The Department of Health states that a child must have a Tdap and MCV entering 7th grade or documentation of medical or religious exemption, according to regulation 28 PA School Code 23.85.
The MCV protects adolescents from the following very serious illness: Meningitis: Adolescents are at increased risk of getting this infection. This is a rare, but extremely serious disease that kills up to 10 percent of those who get it. Up to 20 percent of survivors will have serious long-term or permanent complications such as brain damage, kidney damage, deafness, or amputations. The Tdap protects adolescents from the following serious illnesses TETANUS (Lockjaw) is rare in the United States today. It causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness, usually all over the body. It can lead to tightening of muscles in the head and neck so you can't open your mouth, swallow, or sometimes even breathe. Tetanus kills about 1 out of 10 people who are infected even after receiving the best medical care, ERIA is also rare in the United States today. It can cause a thick coating to form in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, heart failure, paralysis, and death.
PERTUSSIS (Whooping Cough) causes severe coughing spells, which can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting, and disturbed sleep, It can also lead to weight loss, incontinence, and rib fractures. Up to 2 in 100 adolescents and 5 in 100 adults with pertussis are hospitalized or have complications, which could include pneumonia or death.
If your child has had these two immunizations please provide documentation to me prior to the end of this school year. If your child receives these two immunizations during the summer I will need documentation prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
If I do not receive documentation, your child will risk exclusion from starting seventh grade. Please contact your doctor to obtain information or schedule an appointment. If you have any questions please call me.
Thank you, Dana Cannon RN,BSN,CSN