Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Preteen Vaccine Week

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter

February 10, 2012

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

PRETEEN VACCINE WEEK—FEBRUARY 12–18, 2012

I am writing to inform you of Preteen Vaccine Week, a statewide immunization campaign spearheaded by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Immunization Branch that promotes adolescent health check-ups and immunizations for children eleven and twelve years old.

As part of this effort, the CDPH Immunization Branch releases an annual Preteen Vaccine Week Campaign Kit. The kit contains sample messages and templates in the first two sections and features educational materials for schools in the third section.

These educational activities are designed so anyone, even people with little to no immunization background, can successfully conduct them. Teachers interested in preventing diseases can easily incorporate these engaging activities into their lesson plans. This year’s kit is available on the CDPH Preteen Vaccine Week Web page at
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/immunize/Pages/PreteenVaccineWeek.aspx . It is customized for the promotion of Assembly Bill 354, a new school law that requires all incoming seventh graders to meet the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination requirement before starting the 2012–13 school year and all future school years. Additional resources related to AB 354 can be found on the Shots for School Web site at http://www.shotsforschool.org/ .

I urge you to take advantage of these resources and encourage your schools to utilize them.

Preteen Vaccine Week serves as an opportune reminder that adolescents need to be immunized, not only to meet the new whooping cough vaccination requirement, but also to protect them against the ongoing threat of disease in our schools.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Rebeca Boyte, Health Educator, CDPH, by phone at 510-620-3762 or by e-mail at Rebeca.Boyte@cdph.ca.gov; or Linda Davis-Alldritt, School Nurse Consultant, CDE Coordinated School Health and Safety Office, by phone at 916-319-0284 or by e-mail at ldavisal@cde.ca.gov [Note: the previous contact is no longer valid. Please contact the Coordinated School Health & Safety Office at 916-319-0914.].

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

TT:lda

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Recently Posted in Editorials & Letters

  • 2016 STEM Symposium Invitation (added 26-Aug-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2016 California STEM Symposium.
  • 2016 Firefighters Career Expo (added 26-Aug-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding upcoming Firefighter Career Expos for students.
  • 2017 Professional Development Summit (added 24-Aug-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators 2017 Professional Development Summit.
  • Zika Virus Information (added 17-Aug-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Zika virus information for schools and students.
  • 2017 United States Senate Youth Program (added 10-Aug-2016)
    Letter to High School Principals, Counselors, and Scholarship Coordinators inviting them to nominate up to two students between any of their outstanding seniors or juniors to participate in the 2017 United States Senate Youth Program.

  • 2016 Directing Change Program and Film Contest (added 08-Aug-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the fifth annual Directing Change Program and Film Contest.
  • Budget Act for 2016–17 (added 08-Aug-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the 2016–17 Budget Act and Spending Plans.
  • New Health Coverage Opportunities for Students (added 27-Jul-2016)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding new health coverage opportunities and enrollment assistance for California's students.
  • LeadLearn2016 Forum Flyer (PDF) (added 26-Jul-2016)
    The LeadLearn2016 forum flyer that gives information regarding forum topics, forum registration, and forum dates and location.
  • History–Social Science Request for Reviewers (added 20-Jul-2016)
    Letter regarding the recruitment of individuals to participate in the evaluation of kindergarten through grade eight (K–8) instructional materials for the 2017 History–Social Science Adoption.