South Carolina law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive one (1) dose of the Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects children from three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough. If your child has already had the vaccine, you must provide the school with proof that they have had it. If your child hasn’t received the vaccine, please contact your health care provider ASAP to schedule an appointment for your child to be given the vaccine. Once your child has received the vaccine, please remember that you must provide proof to the school nurse. Students, entering the seventh grade, who have not received the Tdap vaccine by the beginning of the next school year, or have provided necessary religious exemption documentation, will not be allowed to attend school until they have received the vaccine and provided proof to the school nurse.