From the daily archives: Monday, January 3, 2011

Under a new law that takes effect in 2011, California middle and high school students must be vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough). Beginning July 1, 2011, all students entering 7th through 12th grades in both public and private schools will be required to show proof of a “Tdap”[1] booster shot before starting school. This requirement applies to all public and private schools. The new requirement was signed into law earlier this year by Governor Schwarzenegger.   “With more than 7,800 confirmed cases and the deaths of 10 infants, California experienced its worst outbreak of Pertussis in more than 50 years,” said California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Mark Horton. “Protecting the health of California’s youth is one of our most urgent priorities. This new legislation will help us achieve our goal.”   California’s parents are being urged not to wait for the new fall school year to get their kids vaccinated, since there will be no grace period and the regulations will be strictly enforced. CDPH recommends that parents have their adolescent children vaccinated now in order to protect them against pertussis and to meet the 2011-12 school requirements. Parents should be aware that the protection from childhood immunization to pertussis wears off, and adolescents may be at risk to the highly contagious disease without a booster.   In addition to the Tdap booster, there are several important vaccines recommended for preteens and teens including the meningococcal vaccine, a second chickenpox shot (if they never had chickenpox disease), and the HPV vaccine series. Everyone older than six months old is recommended to receive a seasonal flu vaccine.   Visit for more information


The California High School Rodeo Association is holding their January rodeo at Cattle Call arena January 15, and 16. We have 4 local students who are members and they will be competing.

C.H.S.R.A was founded in 1970, where it became a part of the National High School Rodeo Association. California is the home to nine districts where 600 members of C.H.S.R.A compete. Each of these districts compete in 8 rodeos throughout the year accumulating points to determine their top five state qualifiers in each of the 13 events high school rodeo offers. State finals are held in the beautiful town of Bishop, California where it has been held consecutively for 6 years.
During state finals nearly 260 contestants compete to place in the top 4, where they will be sent to represent California at the National Finals held in Gillette, Wyoming. The National Finals is the largest rodeo in the world with over 1400 contestants competing and over 500,000 dollars given away in scholarship money. High School Rodeo creates many opportunities for youth including scholarships, the chance to travel, character development and countless memories. You do not actually have to compete on horseback to be a member of C.H.S.R.A, there are numerous ways to be involved have the same opportunities as the competing members. This year alone the state wide scholarship number hit 50,000 dollars.

Aside from the high school division, C.H.S.R.A also offers students from 6th to 8th grade the chance to rodeo in the Junior High Division. If you would like to become a member of the N.H.S.R.A go to the link and if you are interested in being a C.H.S.R.A member please click on District Info. To become a Wrangler member please click on the California Junior High Division link.

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