The Pleasanton school district is asking parents to make sure their pre-teen students have all the vaccinations recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before school starts next month.
Although they are not required for school entry, these immunizations will add protection to a child's health, Myla Y. Grasso, school district spokeswoman, said in a statement.
The vaccinations recommended by the CDC include:
Meningococcal vaccine: All 11- and 12-year-olds should receive the vaccine for protection against meningitis and its complications.
Tdap vaccine: This is a booster for tetanus and diphtheria and offers protection against pertussis or "whooping cough." Whooping cough is on the rise in the recent years, especially in Bay Area. Most children receive their last dose at age 5. However, this dose does not offer life-long protection, according to the CDC.
Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine: The CDC recommends that all 11- and 12-year-old girls receive the HPV vaccine which protects against the most common types of cervical cancer.
Grasso said that information on vaccine clinics in Alameda County can be found online at the Alameda County Public Health Department's Website at www.acphd.org or by calling the Alameda County Immunization Assistance Project at 510 267-3230.