Area schools OK with whooping cough vaccinations

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Wilson high student Joselin Pineda, 17, gets a Tdap shot during the last day to get a free vaccination at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights on Sept. 23.

Despite some dire predictions earlier this
year, school districts in the San Gabriel Valley are so far reporting
widespread compliance with state-mandated whooping cough vaccinations.

According to state law, all students in grades 7 through 12
must be vaccinated for whooping cough within the first 30 days of the
school year. Parents who have a personal objection to vaccinations can
request a waiver.

State law originally required students to be vaccinated before even setting foot in a classroom this year.

Read more in J.D. Velasco’s story Vaccinations.