VT Dept. of Health Offers FREE Tdap Clinic for Vaccination Against Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

In response to the outbreak of Pertussis, or whooping cough, in Vermont this year, the Vermont Department of Health is offering a FREE Tdap clinic for anyone 11 years of age and older.

Date: Wednesday Dec 19, 2012

Time: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm

Where: 108 Cherry St, Burlington VT 05401

Who: Adults and children 11 years or older

Cost: FREE

Though the childhood vaccination rate for Tdap is around 90%, the adult rate is likely much lower. The Tdap vaccine became available in Vermont in 2006, therefore many adults may not have received it. This illness is highly contagious through coughing and sneezing. Pertussis is particularly harmful to infants younger than 6 months of age. Most infants who get Pertussis have to be hospitalized.

Come get vaccinated if you haven’t been already and encourage others to do as well. Additionally, everyone should wash their hands, cover their cough, and stay home when they’re sick.

Image: pertussis bacteria