York City to hold whooping cough vaccine clinic

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The York City Bureau of Health, located at 435 W. Philadelphia St., will hold a special immunization clinic for York City residents on Thursday, October 31, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., for all uninsured and under-insured adults 19 years and older to get their Tetanus-Diphtheria-acellular Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine updated.

 Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) are all vaccine preventable diseases. Pertussis, however, is the only one that the number of cases continues to rise. And, pertussis can be life threatening to infants. Most of the deaths from pertussis are in children younger than 6 months of age. Therefore, it is very important that all those people who are around young babies be immunized against this disease. By doing so, you are “cocooning” your infant so that they will be protected from pertussis while they are still too young to be fully immunized themselves.

 Many adults think that immunizations are only for children, but actually, there are still diseases that adults need boosters for, and pertussis is one of them.

 The Tdap vaccine is being provided at no cost to York City residents who do not have health insurance or who are underinsured (health insurance that doesn’t cover Tdap vaccine). York City residents should call the York City Bureau of Health at 815-0910 to schedule an appointment for the Tdap vaccine.

 For more information about the Tdap vaccine, call Debra Stoops, RN, Immunization Program Coordinator, at 849-2299; or check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac.

 

SOURCE: City of York

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