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Whooping Cough Vaccine No Longer Offered for Free In Jefferson County

12.07.2010 <br> 463 specimens have been reported positive through physician and other health care provider testing...
Reports of positive pertussis tests continue to be received in Jefferson County. 

To this day, 463 specimens have been reported positive through physician and other health care provider testing. The Public Health Service expects more to be reported in the coming days. 

Through continued effort to identify, protect and prevent the spread of pertussis to the most vulnerable members of the community, the Jefferson County Public Health Service (JCPHS) has developed a protocol for adult vaccination that targets the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) no charge vaccine to segments of the population to protect those most at risk. 

NYSDOH no charge vaccine will be used for clinics scheduled with particular populations and some will be distributed to other health care providers.

With the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health, the JCPHS has identified infants less than 12 months of age as the most likely age group to contract pertussis in this current outbreak.  

Infants will not have received a complete series of pertussis containing vaccinations. Infants are most likely to be hospitalized and have complications from pertussis, including pneumonia, middle ear infection, loss of appetite, dehydration, seizures, apneic episodes (brief cessation of breathing), and death. 

The second largest segment of the population of positive pertussis reports are preschoolers. 

Wednesday, December 8, at the JCPHS immunization clinic, Tdap vaccines will be available at a $30.00 per dose charge to all adults 19 and older who wish to receive this important vaccine. 

The charge is at a reduced cost and does not include an administration fee. 

Everyone is encouraged to ensure vaccinations are up to date and, if not, to contact their healthcare provider or JCPHS for the necessary vaccines. 

The JCPHS immunization clinic will be held this Wednesday and every Wednesday thereafter from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at 531 Meade Street, Watertown.

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