Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
PROTECT THE INFANT YOU CARE FOR BY PROTECTING YOURSELF
Quinnipiack Valley Health District is joining the national effort to prevent whooping cough (also known as pertussis) in infants. The pertussis vaccine (Tdap*) will be administered to persons age 18 and older who have never had a pertussis booster shot and who are close contacts of newborns and infants up to 12 months. This includes parents, grandparents, babysitters and other close household contacts. See scheduled clinic dates below. You can call QVHD for more information at (203) 248-4528. The fee for the vaccine is $10.00 (Cash or check only. Credit cards are not accepted. No one will be denied the vaccine for lack of funds.)
*Tdap is a combination vaccine that contains 3 components: Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
UPCOMING VACCINE CLINICS
All clinics run from 4:00-4:45 p.m. Appointments are required and can usually be made up until 1:00 p.m. on the day of any scheduled clinic. (If the weather is inclement or if clinic is cancelled, you will be notiifed of the cancellation.)
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Tueday February 21, 2017
Tuesday March 21, 2017
Thursday April 20, 2017
Where (click link for directions)
WHY WHOOPING COUGH IS SERIOUS
Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a serious disease that is spreading across the United States and in Connecticut. It is very contagious that can be passed easily from person to person. It is very serious for babies and can cause them to cough so much that they can not breathe. Hundreds of babies are hospitalized each year for whooping cough and some die from it.
Whooping cough can cause adults or teens to have severe coughing that leads to vomiting or broken ribs. They can be hospitalized for pneumonia and miss weeks of work or school. Even worse, they can spread whooping cough to the babies at home.
WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
GET YOUR TETANUS BOOSTER (Tdap)
Everybody in the family should be immunized against whooping cough to protect themselves and the baby at home.
MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN ARE UP-TO-DATE ON THEIR IMMUNIZATIONS
Children 7 years of age and older can also get the new Tdap booster. Infants and toddlers need four shots against whooping cough and a booster before starting kindergarten. Contact your child's health care provider.
COVER YOUR COUGH AND WASH YOUR HANDS
Whooping cough is spread by coughing. Remind everyone to cover their mouths when coughing and to wash their hands often.
PROTECT YOURSELF! PROTECT YOUR FAMILY!
For more information visit the CDC Tdap Vaccine Information Sheet.