Students who are entering 6th grade, and who are 11 years old or older, must receive an immunization containing tetanus toxoids, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap).Students who are 10 years old and entering 6th grade must be vaccinated as soon as they turn 11 years old.
Once you obtain proof of immunization, please bring a copy to the Health Office.
FAQ about the Tdap From the NYS Dept. of Health
Q: Is there a difference between DTaP and Tdap?
A: Yes, the amounts of diphtheria and pertussis in these vaccines are different.
Upper-case letters in these abbreviations denote full-strength doses of diphtheria
(D) and tetanus (T) toxoids and pertussis (P) vaccines. Lower-case “d” and “p”
denote reduced doses of diphtheria and pertussis. DTaP is given to children
younger than 7 years of age. Tdap is given to older children and adults.
Q: For what age ranges are the two Tdap vaccine products, Adacel and Boostrix,
A: Adacel is licensed for age 11 through 64 years and Boostrix for age 10
through 64 years.
Q: If a child receives a dose of Adacel at age 10 instead of Boostrix, is the dose
acceptable for school entry/attendance? Should the student receive another dose in 2
A: Yes, the dose of Adacel will meet the requirements for school entry/attendance.
Adacel is licensed for only one dose, so the student should not receive a second
dose in 2 years.
Q: Is it acceptable if the health care provider does not indicate which Tdap vaccine the
A: It is recommended that the health care provider indicate which Tdap vaccine
the student received, but as long as the immunization record indicates that a
Tdap vaccine was given, the requirement for school entry/attendance is met.
Q: If a student has received the 5 dose series of DTaP, does he/she still need to have a
dose of Tdap when entering 6th grade?
A: Yes, the student must receive a booster dose of Tdap to be in compliance with
NYS immunization requirements for 6th grade entrance/attendance. A booster dose of Tdap is recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) between the ages of 11-12, but can be received as early as 10 years of age.
Q: If a student receives a dose of DTaP after 7 years of age, is the student required to
receive a booster dose of Tdap upon entry into 6th grade?
A: No, the DTaP can count as the booster dose for entry into 6th grade. DTaP shouldnever be given to a child after 7 years of age.
Q: Can a school allow students to enter 6th grade if they have a documented appointment
for a Tdap vaccination?
A: Yes, students can be allowed to enter school if they have a documented
appointment within a reasonable time frame.
Q: How soon after a student turns 11 should parents of the student provide
documentation of a Tdap booster?
A: Once a student turns 11, he/she is no longer considered in process and must
provide documentation of a booster dose of Tdap, or provide proof of an
appointment for the booster dose within 14 days.
Q: If a student receives a dose of Tdap before the age of 10, will he/she need another
A: Tdap is licensed for only 1 dose, so the student will not need another dose of