The Mississippi State Department of Health will require the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccination for all students entering 7th grade beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has increased in frequency across the country in recent years, as protection from the childhood pertussis vaccine has become weaker over time in the adolescent population.
As this is the law, the New Albany School District encourages the parents of incoming seventh graders to adhere to this law to avoid delays in school registration and attendance in August. All students entering 7th grade this school year must present an updated IMMUNIZATION FORM 121 form before attending school in August. Forms may be dropped off at the New Albany Middle School Office during summer office hours. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – noon.