San Diego Grand Jury Seeks New Whooping Cough Rules
On Wednesday, the San Diego County Grand Jury released a report on the whooping cough, or pertussis, epidemic. Starting July 1, a new state law requires proof that students entering grades seven through 12 have received a Tdap pertussisÂ booster. The report calls for legislation that would make it more difficult for parents to obtain a waiver from this requirement if it conflicts with their personal beliefs. The report also recommends a campaign aimed at educating health care providers and the public about whooping cough and immunizations, as well as a new law to require school staff and volunteers to receive the booster.
- "Grand Jury Calls for Whooping Cough Campaign" (Lavelle, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/25).