Grundy County Health Department Offers Free Vaccine

Date 2013/7/18 10:39:01 | Topic: News

An increase in Whooping Cough cases throughout the nation has led to a federal grant coming to Missouri to head off the spread of the disease.

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The Centers for Disease Control recorded a 68-year high in national Pertussis cases last year.–41,000 of them, more than double 2011.

Missouri’s cases have fluctuated but the trend line has been tilting upward in the last five years.

Pertussis–Whooping Cough–is a highly-contagious bacterial disease passed on through personal contact.

It starts out feeling like a cold with a cough. But the cough gets worse and sometimes it can lead to death. The state health department’s Ryan Hobart says 200 Missouri cases have been counted this year.

Inoculations for Pertussis, Diphtheria, and Tetanus are standard for children. But doctors recommend adults get the so-called Tdap booster every ten years. Shots under the federal inoculation program are available through public health departments.

Among those promoting T-DAP vaccinations in this area are the health departments of Grundy, Mercer, Sullivan, Livingston, and Daviess counties.

Grundy County’s director for the health epartment, Elizabeth Gibson was among guests yesterday on the KTTN interview “on call with Doctor G."



Again the next dates for the free T-DAP shots at the Grundy county health department are Tuesdays July 23rd and 30th.



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