As students head back to the classroom to begin another school year, they will need to bring more than just binders, pencils and textbooks with them. The Illinois Department of Public health is now requiring students entering sixth and ninth grades this school year to show proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine. The vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, more commonly referred to as whooping cough.
Dr. Anita Chandra-Puri, pediatrician at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, joined ABC-7 this morning to stress the importance of back-to-school checkups and explain the new 2012-2013 school year vaccination requirements for Illinois students.
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