Parents/guardians of current 6th graders:
All students entering seventh grade must receive or have already received a dose of Tdap vaccine on or after their seventh birthday to protect them from whooping cough (pertussis). Your child’s school will need a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, before the first day of school, showing that he or she has received this Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) required Tdap vaccine.

If your child has received this vaccination on or after his/her 7th birthday, please provide a copy of the SC Immunization Certificate as soon as possible. Please do not wait until the last minute. If the school does not have a current SC Certificate of Immunization showing that your child has received this required Tdap vaccine on or by registration for the 2022-2023 school year, your child will not be allowed to attend school until this requirement is met.

Your local DHEC health department also can provide these vaccines. Call 1-855-472-3432 to make an appointment. For more information about vaccinations in South Carolina, go to

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school nurse.