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Deadline nears for middle schoolers needing vaccine

Time is running out for parents of South Carolina 7th graders to immunize their children with the TDAP vaccine.

The vaccine, which protects against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria, is required by state law for incoming 7th graders. 

A spokesperson with the Berkeley County School District says the district is sending notification letters to parents on Wednesday and on Monday.  Proof of the vaccine will be required by September 9th, or children will not be allowed to attend class.

The Charleston County School District will not allow unvaccinated students to attend class beyond Monday, August 31st, unless they apply for an exemption through the Department of Health and Environmental Control.  According to DHEC, children may be exempt from immunization requirements for a medical or religious exemption.

A spokesperson with the Dorchester District 2 School District says students noted to be noncompliant with the law will be given 30 days to receive the required vaccine.  At that point, the student will be suspended if he or she cannot prove vaccination. 

The law requiring the TDAP vaccine for incoming 7th graders went into effect last year.

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