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Free Pertussis vaccination clinic in Truckee March 22

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TRUCKEE and#8212; The Nevada County Public Health Department is hosting a free one-time only Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination Clinic on March 22, 4-7 p.m. Truckee Elementary School, 11911 Donner Pass Road. This clinic is for ages 10 years and older. Children between ages 10-18 years be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring vaccination records to receive the booster shot.

In 2010, there were more than 8,600 cases of Pertussis in California, with at least 10 infant death under the age of 6 months. Since children this age are not yet fully vaccinated, the best way to protect them is to have all those who are in close contact with them vaccinated.

There continues to be an unusually high number of cases reported. The Nevada County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health recommend all Californians make sure they are immunized against Pertussis.

Although many people think of Pertussis as a childhood disease, people of all ages can contract the infection and be at risk for complications. Infants, un-vaccinated youths of all ages, older students who have not had a booster and students who play contact sports are at a higher risk.

Pertussis starts with cold-like symptoms with low or absent fever and a cough. This state lasts approximately 1-2 weeks with the cough gradually worsening. As the illness progresses, people have spasms of coughing that are followed by a sudden deep inspiration, often resulting in a characteristic and#8220;whoopingand#8221; noise. Coughing episodes can be severe enough to cause vomiting. In very young infants, the illness can cause them to stop breathing. Coughing can last for several months. Adults may have a milder illness and not recognizing the symptoms, unknowingly infect children.

It is important everyone seek the advice of your personal physician to see whether a Tdap Booster shot is recommended for you and your family.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com


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