Virginia law requires that all students entering sixth-grade have a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster immunization prior to entry into school. Additionally, all new students enrolling into grades seven, eight, and nine must also have a Tdap booster dose.
Parents of current fifth-graders should review their children’s immunization records to determine if the student needs to get the Tdap immunization. Parents should call their doctor or local health department if they have questions. Shots may be obtained from private doctors, military clinics, or the health department.