LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The first day of school in the mammoth Los Angeles school district is on August 14, and the district is conducting vaccination clinics from Reseda to Wilmington this week.
All incoming seventh graders in California must now be vaccinated with booster shots against whooping cough, also called pertussis, before they may enter a seventh grade class. Most toddlers are given such shots, but their effectiveness against the highly contagious disease can wane with time. LAUSD officials have been calling, mailing and Twittering parents all summer but say they expect some students to arrive for the first day of classes without their certificates.
Free clinics to administer the pertussis booster shots, which are called a "tdap" shot, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 1:30p.m. on the following schedule:
-- Monday at the Zelzah District Nursing Clinic, 6505 Zelzah Ave., Reseda; and at the Bret Harte Prep Middle School, 9301 S. Hoover St., South Los Angeles;
-- Tuesday at Eagle Rock High, 1750 Yosemite Dr., Eagle Rock; and at Mark Twain Middle School, 2224 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista;
-- Wednesday at the Zelzah District Nursing Clinic; Wilmington Middle School, 1700 Gulf Ave., Wilmington; and Edison Middle School, 6500 Hooper St., South Los Angeles;
-- Thursday at Bret Harte Prep Middle School, 9301 S. Hoover St., South Los Angeles; and
-- Friday at Bret Harte Prep Middle School, 9301 S. Hoover St., South Los Angeles; the Zelzah District Nursing Clinic; and Edison Middle School.