Prevent Pertussis for Your Family and Community!

Statewide, there have been 527 cases of Pertussis (whooping cough) reported so far in 2012 compared to 129 cases for the same period last year. Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) wants to remind the community that Pertussis is present in Cascade County; since June 19th, there have been 19 confirmed cases compared to zero total cases in 2011. These high numbers further stress the importance of ensuring everyone is up-to-date on their Pertussis immunization. This doesn’t just include children, parents and child care workers; it is also essential for grandparents, relatives and other individuals who may be in frequent contact with young children.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of Pertussis cases in the United States so far in 2012 surpasses those from the previous five years for the same period. The CDC also reaffirms that the best way to prevent Pertussis among infants, children, teens and adults is to get vaccinated.

If ability to pay is a concern, CCHD is able to offer vaccine to those who are in contact with children and are underinsured or uninsured. The vaccine itself would be free, so the only cost would be a minimal $14 administration fee. “Whether it’s a situation in which your co-pay is too high, or you don’t have insurance at all, it is still imperative that you protect yourself and your community. Please come down and see us for your Tdap vaccine; no one will be denied this immunization to due inability to pay,” states Jill Boettcher, Prevention Services Public Health Nurse at CCHD.

In addition to the Tdap doses for adults, CCHD also has vaccine available for children. Immunizations are offered on a walk-in basis; no appointment is needed! Immunization hours are Tuesdays from 8:30-11:30am and Wednesday through Friday from 8:30-11:30am and 1:00-4:30pm.

For more information on Pertussis or immunizations, individuals should contact a Public Health Nurse at 454-6950 or visit CCHD’s Immunizations webpage.