SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The county of San Diego will conduct three special vaccination clinics Friday for students without medical insurance coverage who have yet to get up to date with their Tdap vaccines.
Last week, county health and education officials estimated that 40,000 students in the region had failed to comply with a new state law that requires youth entering grades 7-12 to be current with the shot, which helps prevent pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus.
The law partially stemmed from an epidemic of pertussis -- also known as whooping cough -- in San Diego County last year that resulted in 1,144 cases reported to the county Health and Human Services Agency. Two infants died.
So far this year, 343 cases have been reported.
The clinics will be held at:
-- Mission Bay High School, 2475 Grand Ave., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
-- North Central Public Health Center, 5055 Ruffin Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and
-- Santee School District Headquarters, 9613 Cuyamaca St., from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
More special clinics are scheduled throughout the county until Sept. 2.
Shots are also available at county public health centers or retail pharmacies.
Students with medical coverage can get the shots through their primary physician.
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