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.
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.
CLARK COUNTY IMMUNIZATIONS
(Children 18 and under). Check with your child's health care provider.
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Uninsured only)
4100 Plomondon Street
1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of the month
5 - 7:30 p.m. www.freeclinics.org
Sea Mar Community Health
Location #1: 7410 Delaware Lane
Location #2: 14508 NE 20th Avenue
Walgreens Pharmacy Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
All Clark County locations when pharmacists are available.
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.