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Pertussis is on the Rise

Pertussis is on the rise thoughout the United States, as well as in Connecticut.

 

The disease pertussis, also know as whooping cough, is on the rise nationally and in CT.

Infants are not fully protected against this terrible cough until they a year old. You can protect the infant you care for by protecting yourself against pertussis.

Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) is now offering the pertussis vaccine (in the form of Tdap-tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) to parents, grandparents, babysitters and other caregivers of newborns and infants 12 months and younger.

If you are over age 18 and have never had a Tdap vaccine (a combined booster immunization containing tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis protection), you are
eligible to receive this vaccine. There is a $5 charge for the vaccine; however, no one will be turned away for inability to pay this fee.

Immunization clinics are held every 4-6 weeks. Call QVHD at 203 248-4528 or visit us online, www.qvhd.org for clinic dates and times.

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