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School Tdap Vaccine Clinics

South Carolina law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis [often called whooping cough]). To assist parents of rising seventh graders with this vaccination requirement ahead of the 2016-2017 school year, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the VaxCare Corporation, and local school districts across our state are partnering to offer the Tdap vaccine to current sixth grade children beginning in early spring 2016. If your child has already received the Tdap vaccine, be sure to provide a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization to your child's school showing that he/she has met the seventh grade Tdap vaccine requirement.  Tdap vaccine is also available from your child's health care provider or local health department.

Benefits of getting the Tdap vaccine in school:

Protects your Child
The Tdap vaccine is the best way to protect your child from whooping cough.

Fewer Days of Missed School and Work
If your child stays healthy, you'll both have fewer absences.

No Cost or Low Cost

  • Medicaid: the Tdap vaccine will be offered at no charge to you.
  • No health insurance: you will receive a bill for $13.
  • Private health insurance: your insurance company will be billed.  If your insurance company does not pay for the Tdap vaccine, you will receive a bill for no more than $50.
School Tdap vaccine clinic documents and forms

Important information for parents:

  • After you return the Parent Consent Form to your child's school, please contact us before the scheduled vaccination clinic if you notice any of the following:
    • There are any significant changes in your child's health.
    • You decide you no longer want your child to receive the Tdap vaccine at school.
  • Please DO NOT send any cash/check along with the consent form to your child's school.
  • If you have additional questions about the Tdap vaccine, please call 1-800-27SHOTS (1-800-277-4687).