According to an August 16, 2013 WMBF news report, all students in South Carolina schools will be required to have had the Tdap vaccine before they enter school. This vaccine covers Tetanus, Diphtheria and Whooping Cough. These diseases are spread from person-to-person and the school classroom is a breeding ground for viruses and bacterial disease.
Whooping Cough has been on the rise in the state over the last year, especially for 7 to 10 year old children. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is hosting free vaccination clinics. In Myrtle Beach there will be a clinic on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Coastal Grand Mall from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Check with your local DHEC office for dates on clinics in your area.
It is recommended by doctors that adults have this vaccine to prevent the spread of Whooping Cough to children. If you are a child care worker, parent or grandparent you would be wise to have this Tdap vaccine in order to safeguard the children with whom you come in contact.