Whooping Cough illness is real. There have been several recent cases among Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) residents. It is very important to protect infants from this disease as they are not fully immunized until they are a year old. Whooping cough in an infant is frightening and can have devastating results. Don’t wait until the baby is born! Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins over 18 or caregivers, if you are expecting a new arrival in your family, get vaccinated now!
As you protect the baby, you will also be protecting yourself against not only whooping cough (pertussis) but also diphtheria and tetanus. 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 this fee. The next clinics will be held on August 12, and September 15 from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Call QVHD, 203 248-4528 for an appointment. (An appointment is not required but is suggested. Walk-ins are welcome.)