Thursday, April 23, 2009
A new vaccine requirement for 11-year-olds aims to fight a disease that used to target infants.
Most children 6 years old and younger get vaccinated against diseases like tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, but a change in the age of children getting infected means adolescents need protection too.
Kansas schools now require a new vaccine called the T-Dap. It's for kids that will turn 11 before the start of the 2009-2010 school year.
Children first receive protection from pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough, by the age of 6. The old school-mandated schedule did not require a booster until 10 years later. But more recent studies show the disease infecting more kids between the ages of 8 and 15. The T-Dap aims to protect these older children.
The Sedgwick County Health Department is now offering the T-Dap free of charge at it's Wichita office for kids born between September 1st, 1997 and August 31st, 1998.
The FREE vaccines will also be available at the Health Department’s mobile clinic sites:
Goddard – May 5 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Employee Wellness Facility - 201 N. Walnut
Mulvane – May 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mulvane First Baptist Church - 1020 N. 2nd St.
Derby – May 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Derby Educational Support Center - 222 E. Madison