Whooping Cough Vaccine Mandate Set To Take Effect
Health agencies and local schools have begun efforts to inform parents about a new state law that requires students in seventh to 12th grade to show proof of immunization for pertussis, or whooping cough, before returning to school in the fall. Last year, 8,383 cases of whooping cough were reported in California, the highest number of cases since 1947. Local officials say the vaccine requirement is important, but some have raised concerns about the timeline and confusion about the new rule.
- "Whooping Cough Vaccine Mandatory for San Mateo Kids in Grades 7-12" (Pfeffer, San Jose Mercury News, 2/14).
- "Vaccine Law To Take Effect for California Students" (Carlson, Ventura County Star, 2/12).