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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Guilford Co. Department of Health and Human Services is reminding parents to ensure their children are up-to-date on the Tdap vaccine, before they return to school.

North Carolina law requires children to receive one Tdap vaccination, if they are entering the sixth grade on or after Aug. 1 or if they are 12 years old on or after August 1. Those children must receive a Tdap booster, if five or more years have passed since their last dose of the vaccine.

The Guilford Co. DHHS is holding two Tdap-only clinics at both the Greensboro and High Point locations:


Sat., Aug. 9

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 1100 E. Wendover Ave., Greensboro
  • 501 E. Green Drive, High Point

Sat. Aug. 23

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 1100 E. Wendover Ave., Greensboro
  • 501 E. Green Drive, High Point

There will be evening clinic hours offered Aug. 26 at the High Point location and Aug. 28 at the Greensboro location.

For an appointment at either location, call 336-641-3245. The vaccine costs are associated with health insurance. Some families might pay nothing. Bring the child's insurance card (including Medicaid, if applicable), and the child's shots record.

The health department reiterates the importance of the Tdap vaccine, which can protect adults and adolescents against three serious diseases--pertussis, Tetanus and diphtheria.

Pertussis, also known as "whooping cough" causes severe coughing, vomiting and disturbed sleep. It also can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and passing out (due to severe coughing). It can induce pneumonia and hospitalization.

Tetanus, also known as "lockjaw," causes painful tightening of the muscles. It also can cause a person's jaw to lock, thereby preventing her or him from being able to open the mouth of swallow. It is deadly in two of 10 cases.

Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It induces breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and sometimes death.

For more information about the Tdap vaccine or required immunizations, contact the Guilford Co. Department of Health and Human Services at 336-641-7777.

Thursday on the Good Morning Show, get a behind-the-scenes preview of the Tdap clinic and the benefits of the Tdap vaccine. Tweet reporter Meghann Mollerus @meghannmollerus with questions regarding the clinic or vaccine.

North Carolina law requires children to receive one Tdap vaccination, if they are entering the sixth grade on or after Aug. 1 or if they are 12 years old on or after August 1. Those children must receive a Tdap booster, if five or more years have pas WFMY News 2

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