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Tdap (Whooping Cough) Booster Shot

If your child is entering grade 7 in the fall, or is new to California and is in grade 7-12, a California school immunization law (AB 354) requires your child to have proof of a whooping cough booster shot (also called Tdap) in order to attend school.

Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is the common name for pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Pertussis is marked by a severe, hacking cough followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like "whoop." Whooping cough has been on the rise, causing many California school-aged children to get sick.

If Your Child Needs a Tdap Booster Shot

  • Bring your child to his or her healthcare provider for the Tdap vaccine

  • Or you many call either 311 or (800) 300-9950 for assistance finding a doctor or clinic

  • Once your child has received the booster shot, bring a copy of the Tdap immunization record to your child's school office so it can be recorded.

For more information, please visit the San Francisco Dept of Public Health Tdap website.

Where to Get the Booster Shot

Before you arrive:
- Be sure your child has eaten
- Bring your child’s immunization record with you


  • Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic: 101 Grove St., SF / Rm 102
    - (415) 554-2625
    - Drop in visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
    - Available reduced-fee of $35 for 7th grade students only until Sept 30, 2012.
    - Mon., Wed., Fri., 9:00am-3:00pm
    - No appointment necessary but can be made by calling 415 554-2625
    - or go to www.sfcdcp.org/aitc.html
     
  • Cole Street Health Center: 555 Cole Street, San Francisco
    - (415) 751-8181
    - By appointment only (often same or next day)
    - Must be accompanied by parent/guardian

  • Maxine Hall Health Center:1301 Pierce St. San Francisco
    - (415) 292-1300
    - Cost: Sliding Scale.
    - Drop-In hours for August: Friday, August 31st at 1:30pm.
    - Please call after September 1st for September drop-in hours

  • Pharmacies: Many local pharmacies offer Tdap (whooping cough) vaccine on a walk-in basis for a fee. If your child does not have a doctor, a pharmacy near you may be a good option.  The cost at most pharmacies is usually between $60 and $70.

For more information, please visit the San Francisco Dept of Public Health Tdap website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Read our FAQ on whooping cough to learn more about California's immunization effort and the Tdap vaccine:

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Booster Shot (Tdap) FAQ – English

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Booster Shot (Tdap) FAQ – Chinese

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Booster Shot (Tdap) FAQ – Spanish