SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Uninsured and low-income adults will have two more opportunities to immunize against whooping cough for free in June.
The first clinic will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at Swedish/Edmonds Hospital, 21601 – 76th Ave. W., Edmonds, Wash.
The second clinic will follow from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 at Valley General Hospital, 14701 – 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe, Wash.
Five hundred doses of vaccine will be available at each clinic from the supply provided by the state Department of Health to the Snohomish Health District.
Both clinics will be open to walk-ins only. No appointments are needed for these clinics.
This special access to whooping cough – also known as pertussis -- vaccine is part of the Snohomish Health District’s ongoing fight with an epidemic of the illness in Snohomish County. Seven previous free clinics in the county vaccinated a total of 1346 adults.
Snohomish Health District encourages all adults – especially those who have contact with infants – to get vaccinated against this preventable disease. People of all ages need booster shots to maintain their immunity, and most adults aren’t up to date on their shots. A single shot known as “Tdap” prevents tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
Contact your health care provider or pharmacy to make sure you and your child are fully immunized. Children’s vaccines are free or low-cost. Vaccines for adults may be covered by private health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or offered to low-income, uninsured adults at reduced cost at locations – including many pharmacies -- listed at www.snohd.org. [[EDITOR: See attached list of pharmacies]]
Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is harbored and spread by adults and children and is particularly harmful to infants, who have no immunity. Children and adults become sick enough to miss school and work for several days and up to two weeks.
As of June 1, Snohomish Health District has confirmed 340 reports of whooping cough in 2012, although most cases go unreported, especially in adults. Letters notifying parents that their child may have been exposed to the disease have gone out to elementary, middle and high schools, youth sports, weekend events, daycares and other activities.
Learn more about whooping cough in English and Spanish at the Snohomish Health District’s Web site, www.snohd.org/stopthecough.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier Snohomish County through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org. ###END##