Illinois Health Care providers are seeing a large increase in pertussis cases – commonly known as Whooping Cough, in Illinois and around the country.
In conjunction with National Immunization Awareness Month, the Department of Public Health is reminding parents and health care providers of the new Whooping Cough vaccine requirement for the 2012-13 school year.
All 6th and 9th grade students are required to show proof they’ve had an immunization against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or they must show proof that they have an appointment to get the vaccination. Those with medical or religious exemptions must have that on file. Students who don’t will not be able to attend school.