whooping cough vaccine http://apr.org en Sixth Graders Need to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine http://apr.org/post/sixth-graders-need-get-whooping-cough-vaccine <p>Alabama health officials say most students entering the sixth grade this year will have to get a vaccination to protect them against whooping cough.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Montgomery Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/15eh31S ) the state health department says the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis, or Tdap, vaccine will be required for students entering the sixth grade who are 11 and older.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Pertussis, a bacterial disease also known as whooping cough, is highly contagious and can be fatal.<br> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:23:09 +0000 The Associated Press 33851 at http://apr.org Sixth Graders Need to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine