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TDAP vaccine deadline approaching

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

In the Lowcountry, time is running out for seventh graders to get the TDAP vaccine.

Many school districts offered a 30-day waiver for the new South Carolina immunization law.

About 350 students at the Beaufort County School District still need to get the TDAP vaccine, and they have until the end of next week to get it done.

The TDAP vaccine protects against Tetanus, Diptheria and Whooping cough.

Of the three, the Department of Health and Environmental Control says whooping cough is the most dangerous.

In only the first six months, more than 100 cases of whooping cough have already been reported to DHEC compared to 230 total cases last year.

Many school districts like Beaufort County have been trying to get the word out about the TDAP vaccine.

But once the deadline hits, school officials say they must obey state law.

"Students who have not had their shots by September 20th will not be able to come to school. Each school will decide how to handle their students when they get there but basically, they will be sent home," said Jim Foster, Beaufort County School District.

DHEC is providing up to 300 free TDAP booster shots at a special walk-in clinic on Saturday, September 14th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m at Okatie Elementary School.

In Jasper County, 95 of 224 seventh graders still need the TDAP vaccine.

About 60 out of 200 at Hampton 1 School District and 16 out of 74 students at the Hampton 2 School District have not yet gotten the booster shot. 

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