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Public Health Department Offers Free Whooping Cough Vaccinations

Those Living With or Caring for a Baby Should Get Vaccinated

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is offering free whooping cough vaccinations. The free vaccinations will be offered at four upcoming clinics. Pregnant women must bring a doctor’s prescription.

The free vaccination clinics are for people who do not have health insurance or access to a physician. Whooping cough shots will be provided to those over age 7 who live with or care for an infant. Babies are most at risk for serious illness and even death from whooping cough.

Whooping cough has been declared an epidemic in California. As of August 17, 3,076 cases have been reported in California this year, compared to 434 cases reported during the same time last year. Eight infant deaths have been reported in California this year due to whooping cough. In Santa Clara County, 138 whooping cough cases have been reported as of August 18, compared to 25 in all of 2009. No deaths due to whooping cough have been reported in Santa Clara County.

The Public Health Department is reaching out to the Latino community because all eight infant deaths in California were among Latino babies. In addition, when looking at age-specific rates in California, Latino infants under 6 months old have the highest rate of disease at 187 cases per 100,000 people.

The best way to prevent whooping cough is to get vaccinated.

Sunday, August 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arteaga’s Super Save Market, 6906 Chestnut Street, Gilroy

Tuesday, August 24, 5 to 8 p.m.
Rotacare Clinic at the Gilroy Neighborhood Health Clinic
South Valley Junior High School, 7861 Murray Avenue, Gilroy

Sunday, August 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
La Región Super Market, 400 S. King Road, San Jose

Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer, San Jose

Media Contact: Maury Kendall (408)792-5265, Molly Carbajal (408)792-5207, Public Health department; Gwen Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa Office of Public Affairs (408)299.5121
Posted: August 18, 2010