BLOOMINGTON--A new state law is requiring children entering sixth and ninth grades to get a Tdap vaccine before starting school.
But the McLean County Health Department says the time is now.
The vaccine prevents pertussis, otherwise known as "whooping cough."
The requirement began in January, after thousands were diagnosed with the disease last year.
All children must be immunized before starting school, but doctors say it wears off by the time they reach adolescence.
The McLean County Health Department says parents tend to wait until August.
But they have openings now.
But sixth grader Cindy Phung says the shot isn't too bad.
"I was mostly thinking about how much I really want to go back to school," said Phung. "And I need the shot to go back to school."
Nurse Trish Cleary says the health department has several opening for eligible families.
"Get in as soon as possible so that you can get your choice of hours," said Cleary. "Call right now and you can get your best choice of hours and appointments."
Uninsured or underinsured children, with a medical card, can get the shot through the McLean County Health Department.
To schedule a time, call 888-5455