Nationwide Whooping Cough Outbreak
"Pertussis vaccination remains the single-most effective strategy for prevention of infection and for protection of infants and others at high risk."
-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1,554 cases of whooping cough were reported in Utah during the year 2012--nearly 5 times the national rate and the high rates of cases have continued into 2013. Whooping cough is highly contagious spreading through coughing or sneezing, and it can be fatal in infants and young children. Symptoms appear to be a prolonged cough in adults and older children, and they may unknowingly spread whooping cough to others.
Infants are often infected by parents, caregivers, or older siblings. Pertussis (whoooping cough) vaccination is the best thing you can do to protect your children, yourself, and prevent the spread of whooping cough. Make certain people around the infants and children in your family have received a recent booster vaccination for whopping cough called Tdap, whether they are parents, grandparents, siblings, or other friends and family.
In response to the increased rates of whooping cough, Utah County Health Department is able to offer Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, pertussis) vaccine for $14.00 to individuals who are 19 years of age or older that are uninsured or underinsured. Click here for more information.
National Infant Immunization Week
Infants and children rely on parents and other adults to protect their health through safe and effective means like vaccinations. The 2014 National Infant Immunization Week is April 26 - May 3, and this annual observance promotes immunization and health of children two-years-old or younger and highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children.
Vaccines are the most effective and economic public health means for preventing disease and death. There are recommended immunizations for babies to receive by age two, and giving these vaccinations to infants is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases such as whooping cough and measles. While these diseases affect people of all ages, they are often more serious in infants and children and can lead to hospitalization, disability, or even death.
During the National Infant Immunization Week, communities throughout the United States will commemorate the crucial role of vaccines in protecting children, communities, and public health. Join in the commemoration by talking to your child's doctor to ensure your infant is up-to-date on immunizations.