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Whooping cough (pertussis)
Surround your baby with protection . Get vaccinated.
Rodeen de protección a su bebé. Ponte la vacuna Tdap con tu proveedor de cuidado médico, farmacia local o clínica de salud.

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Whooping cough has reached outbreak levels in Clark County. Babies are at highest risk. Because they’re too young to get all their vaccines, it's important that everyone else get vaccinated to protect them. All adults need one dose of Tdap if they’ve never had it before.

About whooping cough (pertussis)

  • Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious disease that spreads when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks.
  • Whooping cough usually begins with cold-like symptoms and a cough that worsens over 1-2 weeks.
  • In older children and adults the symptoms may be only a persistent cough which is worse at night. This illness is often very severe in small infants.
  • Symptoms may include coughing “fits” followed by a “whooping” noise, vomiting, or difficulty catching your breath. The cough is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help eliminate the cough. Usually, people with pertussis do not have a fever.
  • Whooping cough is most severe in babies. More than half of the babies under a year old who get the disease are hospitalized. Babies who get whooping cough usually catch it from their older brothers and sisters or from their parents.

Getting vaccinated

To get vaccinated, call your provider or pharmacy. Many pharmacies offer walk-in Tdap vaccinations.


If you don't have health insurance or are under-insured, here are some options for receiving whooping cough shots in Clark County. Some locations may charge a small administration fee, but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Please bring any immunization records you have, especially for children.


Child immunizations
(Children 18 and under). Check with your child's health care provider.

  • Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Uninsured only)
    4100 Plomondon Street
    (360) 313-1390
    1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of the month
    5 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sea Mar Community Health
    Location #1:  7410 Delaware Lane
    (360) 566-4402
    Location #2:  14508 NE 20th Avenue
    (360) 852-9070

Adult immunizations

  • Walgreens Pharmacy
    Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
    All Clark County locations when pharmacists are available.
  • Other options
    Call your health care provider or local pharmacy to find out if they have vaccine available. Some health care providers have Tdap vaccine that is state supplied.

More information

More information about whooping cough can be found on the Washington State Department of Health website.


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