Students need 2 additional vaccines before starting 7th grade

Students need 2 additional vaccines before starting 7th grade (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rising seventh graders in the Metro Nashville School District and their parents attended a free vaccination clinic at the Metro Public Health Department Wednesday to receive newly required immunizations.

The Tennessee Department of Health now requires students entering seventh grade to have two additional vaccinations.

“It is required that they get a Tdap and it is also required that they get a second varicella,” Metro Health Department RN Denise Stratz explained.

Tdap is a vaccination for tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough.  Varicella is the chicken pox vaccination.

To make it easier for parents to meet the new requirements, the Metro Health Department held a special immunization clinic on July 7 called 7-7 for seventh.

“We had heard about the offering of the clinic on 7-7 for seventh graders and here is our rising seventh grader just to get him all caught up and there some new requirements and we wanted to get him school ready,” said parent Matthew Sullivan.

The Metro Health Department saw 154 children by the end of the day Wednesday, although did not know the exact number of vaccines administered. 

Health officials estimate the new requirements could impact as many as 5,300 seventh graders expected to attend Metro schools during the 2010-2011 school year.

The immunizations are free for Davidson County children and can be received at any one of the three health centers in Davidson County.

Parents need to bring their children's health records.

Visit for complete information and center locations.

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