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A Healthy Transition as Families Plan for Middle School

A Healthy Transition as Families Plan for Middle School


As the academic year progresses, families of future middle school students in Redwood City School District (RCSD) find themselves at the cusp of an important transition, planning for their rising middle schooler’s vital aspect of their well-being – their immunization status.

The California Immunization Law mandates that students entering middle school (between 11 and 12 years old) must have certain vaccinations, one of which is the Tdap. Tdap, which stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis), is a vaccine that protects against these potentially serious and even life-threatening diseases. To ensure a smooth transition to middle school without any hiccups, families are strongly encouraged to start making appointments with their medical providers for their soon to be 12-year olds to receive this dose. Per the CDC, adolescents between 11 and 12 years of age can receive the Tdap vaccine. In addition, all middle school students new to RCSD should make sure their updated immunization records include the two required doses of varicella. 

It’s important to note that RCSD strictly adheres to these immunization requirements, and students without updated shots may face restrictions on attending school. By proactively taking steps now, parents can contribute to a seamless and stress-free transition for their child into the next phase of their academic journey.

“Beyond the legal requirements, ensuring that your child is up-to-date on vaccinations is a fundamental aspect of safeguarding their health. The Tdap vaccine not only protects against serious illnesses, but also helps maintain a safe and healthy school environment for all students,” explains RCSD Director of Health and Wellness Patrinia Redd. 

Planning ahead is key, as vaccination appointments may have wait times, and it’s crucial to allow ample time for any potential follow-up appointments or adjustments to the vaccination schedule. By acting promptly, families can help avoid any last-minute rush and ensure that their 11-12 year old’s immunization records are up-to-date before the start of the upcoming school year.