Free DTaP/Tdap Clinic to Address Elko County Pertussis Outbreak

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2014

What:  The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Elko County School District and Immunize Nevada are hosting a free DTaP/Tdap clinic to address the pertussis outbreak (also known as whooping cough) declared in Elko County in late October. As of October 28, Elko County had reported 14 confirmed cases of pertussis since July, compared to 15 total cases of pertussis in Elko County in 2013 and two cases in 2012.

Pertussis is a highly communicable respiratory disease, typically accompanied by a severe cough that makes a “whooping” sound. Pertussis is very dangerous, even fatal, for those who are not vaccinated, especially infants and young children.

Those in Elko and surrounding communities are encouraged to attend a free DTaP/Tdap vaccine clinic. The clinic is open to the public, and there is no cost regardless of insurance status. Free flu vaccines are also available while supplies last. Minors must have prior parental consent and a complete form to get a vaccine. Forms are available at Flagview Intermediate School and online at ImmunizeNevada.org

Who:   Children 0-6 years should receive age appropriate DTaP vaccine; adolescents and adults 10-64 should receive a Tdap booster. Pregnant women in their third trimester and those in contact with pregnant women, infants or those with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease should also receive a Tdap booster. 

When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Flagview Intermediate School, Auxiliary Gym, 777 Country Club Drive Elko.

Info: Contact Rural Community Health Services at (775) 687-5162 for more information or visit ImmunizeNevada.org 

Immunize Nevada exists to support community partners to successfully implement effective immunization efforts throughout Nevada; advocate for, inform and educate about the need for and benefits of vaccines; and facilitate greater collaboration statewide to achieve Nevada’s immunization priorities.
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