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1,400 Triad 6th grades face suspension over shots

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – About 1,400 sixth grade students could be suspended from schools in Guilford and Forsyth counties this week unless they get a vaccine against whooping cough or a booster shot.

Officials said about 750 six-graders in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and 650 students in Guilford County schools have not shown proof they have received the Tdap vaccination, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough, which is also known as pertussis.

State law allows schools to suspended students without up-to-date vaccines 30 days after the start of school. That deadline is Wednesday.

North Carolina has had 300 cases of whooping cough so far this year, with nearly half of them in The Triad.

Schools began sending parents information in April and have contacted parents of the students that face suspension this week.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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