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Whooping Cough is in our Community!

Whooping Cough (pertussis) illness has made a comeback in the U.S. There have been several recent cases in Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) residents. It is a serious illness in adults, but it can be deadly for infants who are not fully immunized until they are one years old. Don’t wait until the baby is born! If you are expecting a new arrival in your family, get vaccinated now! QVHD offers the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine (in the form of Tdap-tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, 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, 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 March 25 and May 5, 2015 from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Call QVHD, 203 248-4528 for an appointment. (An appointment is not required but is suggested in the event of inclement weather.)

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