All Students Entering Sixth-Grade Must Have Tdap Immunization

Letter to Parents:
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Virginia law requires that all students entering sixth-grade have a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster immunization prior to entry into school. Additionally, all new students enrolling into grades seven, eight, and nine must also have a Tdap booster dose.

Parents of current fifth-graders should review their children's immunization records to determine if the student needs to get the Tdap immunization. This shot may be listed as T, Td, Dtap, and /or Tdap. Parents should call their doctor or local health department if they have questions. Shots may be obtained from private doctors, military clinics, or the health department.

Students attending Patrick Henry, John Adams, or William Ramsay can register for services on the WOW Bus and receive the booster shot there. Please call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment.

Free children's immunization clinics are held at the Alexandria Health Department, 4480 King Street. Immunization clinic hours are:

  • Monday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (12 months through 18 years, by appointment only)
  • Monday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (by appointment only - last available time is 5:40 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (walk-in)
  • Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (walk-in)

Documentation that your student has received this immunization should be brought to the school nurse prior to the last day of school in June. We will be tracking compliance with this state requirement. Students who do not meet the requirement by the first day of school in September will not be given a schedule and will be excluded from school until proof of the booster shot is taken to the nurse.

For more information, please contact ACPS Nurse Coordinator, Barbara Nowak at 703-927-6184 or e-mail .