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.
Fall Community Vaccination Clinics
The Utah County Health Department is providing several vaccination clinics this fall at public schools throughout the county. These clinics offer flu shots and other adult and childhood immunizations.
Click here for the schedule and locations of vaccination clinics in Utah County.
Make sure to get the flu vaccine for this year and look into the other vaccines that you and your children need. Click the links below for immunization recommendations from the CDC.