Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

PROTECT THE INFANT YOU CARE FOR BY PROTECTING YOURSELF

Quinnipiack Valley Health District is no longer offering Tdap* immunizations to contacts of infants. However, it is important that parents, grandparents, babysitters and other close household contacts of infants less than one year old get immunized with Tdap if they have never had a pertussis booster shot. Infants are not fully protected against pertussis until they are one year old.  Pertussis can be deadly for infants.  

*Tdap is a combination vaccine that contains 3 components: Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

 

PLACES THAT MAY PROVIDE Tdap INCLUDE LOCAL PHARMACIES, YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR, OR SEVERAL AREA HEALTH DEPARTMENTS. 

CALL TO FIND OUT IF Tdap IS AVAILABLE:

EAST SHORE HEALTH DISTRICT, BRANFORD

203-481-4233

NAUGATUCK VALLEY HEALTH DISTRICT, SEYMOUR

203-881-3255

NEW HAVEN HEALTH DEPARTMENT

203-946-6999

WEST HAVEN HEALTH DEPARTMENT

203-937-3661

POMPORAUG HEALTH DISTRICT, SOUTHBURY

203-264-9616

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

GET IMMUNIZED!

For more information visit the CDC Tdap Vaccine Information Sheet.