Pertussis Update and Preparing for the Holiday Travel Season

Posted December 12, 2016 at 5:34 am by

With the three recent per­tus­sis, or whoop­ing cough, cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty, and with the hol­i­day trav­el sea­son upon us, now is a good time to review you and your family’s immu­niza­tion sta­tus and make sure your immu­niza­tions are up to date.

Mark Tomp­kins, Direc­tor of San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices, said, “Whoop­ing cough is very con­ta­gious and can be most seri­ous for babies. Most babies who get whoop­ing cough are infect­ed by par­ents, old­er sib­lings, or oth­er care­givers who may not even know they have the dis­ease. Because the dis­ease can make babies so sick, they rely on those around them to give them pro­tec­tion. When fam­i­ly mem­bers and care­givers are ful­ly immu­nized against whoop­ing cough, this pro­vides a ‘cocoon’ around the infant and pro­tects them from the illness.”

If you are a par­ent, grand­par­ent, or care­giv­er of an infant, or are plan­ning to spend time with an infant, you are encour­aged to con­sult with a health care provider to make sure your immu­niza­tions are up to date. Preg­nant women in their third trimester are also encour­aged to get vac­ci­nat­ed with the whoop­ing cough, or Tdap, vac­cine dur­ing the third trimester. This pro­vides the best pro­tec­tion pos­si­ble for babies and gets them off to a healthy start before they are able to receive their first whoop­ing cough immunizations.

Remem­ber, it takes a com­mu­ni­ty to pro­vide immu­ni­ty. If you have ques­tions about whoop­ing cough or your immu­niza­tion sta­tus, please con­tact your health care provider. You may also con­tact San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices at 360–378-4474.

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about the whoop­ing cough vac­cine and pro­tect­ing babies from whoop­ing cough may be found here:

Pro­tect­ing Babies from Whoop­ing Cough

Whoop­ing Cough — Infor­ma­tion for Parents

San Juan Coun­ty Immu­niza­tion Information

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