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Low-cost whooping cough vaccine offered

The El Dorado County Health Services Department is offering the booster vaccine that protects against pertussis, known as whooping cough, fro 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Hall farmers market, 2732 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Individuals may also schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine at the health department clinic by calling 530-573-3155. The cost for the vaccine is $10.

“We are encouraging parents of young children, grandparents and other adults who have regular contact with children to receive this vaccine,” said Lenette Mapes, supervising public health nurse.

The booster pertussis vaccine, called Tdap, is given in one dose and is recommended for anyone over the age of 7 who has not previously received the vaccine or who is not fully immunized. Tdap is a combination vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Childcare providers, women of childbearing age, pregnant women and people who have contact with pregnant women and infants are also encouraged to be vaccinated against pertussis. Parents who wish to have their child immunized must bring their child’s immunization record.

El Dorado County health officials continue to see a record number of pertussis cases in the community, with 38 cases reported so far this year, compared to only three last year. Symptoms of pertussis typically start with a cough and runny nose for one to two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with a whooping sound. Fever is rare.

For additional information, contact the health services department at 530-573-3155.

The department also has a school-based immunization program called IZ Xtreme in both South Lake Tahoe and on the western slope, which offers Tdap and other vaccines for middle school age youth at no cost. For information, visit http://www.edcgov.us/publichealth.

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