MYRTLE BEACH — Seventh-graders in Horry County Schools must submit verification that they have received the Tdap vaccine - which protects students from tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis) - by Oct. 4, according to a news release from the school district.
Students will not be permitted to attend school until they are able to supply proof of immunization. Unexcused absences will be recorded for those who miss school days for failure to comply with the immunization requirement. Multiple unexcused absences may have an impact on course credit and compulsory attendance laws that govern S.C. schools.
Tdap immunizations are usually recommended at age 11 or 12, but receiving it on or after a student’s seventh birthday meets the requirement. Students who have received the immunization but not provided an updated S.C. Certificate of Immunization must submit verification. Medical providers may submit immunization records to a student’s school via fax. Students who have not received the immunization can contact their medical provider or go to a S.C. Department of Health and Environment Control immunization clinic.
Immunization clinics will be held Oct. 7-8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:
• Conway Department of Health, 1931 Industrial Park Road, Conway.
• Loris Department of Health, James P. Stevens County Complex, 3811 Walnut St., Loris.
• Myrtle Beach Department of Health, 700 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach.
• Stephen’s Crossroads Department of Health, Ralph H. Ellis Building, 107 Highway 57 N., Little River.
• South Strand Department of Health, 9630 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach.
To schedule an appointment through DHEC, call 1-866-411-5767.
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