Don’t Wait Until the Baby is Born: Vaccinate Now! The holidays are coming and while it is great to see all the relatives, the kissing and hugging can lead to the exchange of lots of germs. The germ that causes whooping cough in an infant is frightening and can have devastating results. It is very important to protect infants from this disease as they are not fully protected until they are a year old. Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) offers the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine (in the form of Tdap-tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters and other caregivers or contacts of newborns and infants 12 months and younger. If you are over age 18 and have never had a Tdap vaccine, (a combined booster immunization containing tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis protection) you are eligible to receive this vaccine. A $10.00 administration fee is requested. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. Clinics are held monthly from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the QVHD district office, 1151 Hartford Turnpike, North Haven. Appointments are required; however, you can get an appointment for the same day as a scheduled clinic if you call by 1:00 p.m. Call QVHD, 203 248-4528 for the next clinic date.