(HARLAN) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking for more adults to be vaccinated against pertussis.
According to the CDC, people who are not vaccinated have eight times the risk of infection compared to people who are fully vaccinated against pertussis. While children ages 5 to 14 years make up the bulk of reported cases, it’s important to note that adults are considered the primary ‘spreaders’ of the disease. In infants, pertussis can be severe and even deadly.
Through the G.I.F.T. (Give Immunity Fight Transmission) program, Shelby County Public Health can immunize more families by receiving Adacel vaccine at no charge. New mothers, fathers, grandparents, and day care providers are urged to get vaccinated against pertussis to decrease the spread of this highly contagious disease to infants and others. Recipients of the free Adacel vaccine must have Medicaid, Medicare, or no insurance and have an income level at or below 200% of the federal poverty level ($1985 per month for a family of 2).
Contact Shelby County Public Health at 755-4422 to make an appointment or register on-line at www.shelbycountyclinics.com.