Nowata Middle School

Not The Biggest Fan Of Shots?

Nowata Middle School seventh graders were required to take the Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis shot (T.D.A.P) before they are permitted to enter the eighth grade. The T.D.A.P shot clinic was Monday, March 26th from ten to two.  T.D.A.P protects against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis. These diseases can be very dangerous and sometimes life-threatening, they were once common in the U.S and caused a lot of deaths. In 2010, 25 infant babies, younger than one, died from whooping cough. It is also an extremely contagious respiratory infection that can lead to breathing problems. Tetanus enters through a wound or cut. It affects the brain and nervous system which causes muscle spasms. Diphtheria makes it hard for a person to breath and is very contagious. “I don’t know a lot about the T.D.A.P shot but from what I’ve heard they prevent a lot of illnesses like whooping cough,” stated Mrs. Hines, Dean of Students. For more information go to:  http://www.webmd.com/vaccines/tdap-vaccine-for-adults