Press release submitted by Rock Island County Health Department|
Due to outbreaks of Whooping Cough that have occurred locally, and in other parts of the nation, Rock Island County Health Department is holding a Whooping Cough (Pertussis) immunization clinic for adults in Port Byron on Thursday August 16, 2012 from 2 to 6 p.m. This shot will also serve as a tetanus/diphtheria booster since this is a combined vaccine called Tdap. Adults age 18 and over may get this important immunization at the Port Byron Village Hall.
For those who qualify due to lack of insurance and by meeting income guidelines, a grant from Sanofi Pasteur is available to cover the cost of the vaccine. The fee to administer the vaccine would be only $16.75 maximum, based on income. Payment will also be accepted from most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and Medicaid. The private pay fee which covers both the vaccine and administration is just $55.
Vaccination against Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is especially important for adults who care for and/or spend time with infants and children. Immunized adults provide a "cocoon" of protection for infants who are too young to receive the vaccine, and for children who are underimmunized. Whooping Cough is a very serious illness and can result in death of infants and children.
School age children receive pertussis vaccination along with other required immunizations during school physical exams or at regular well child visits at their health care provider.
For more information on this special adult clinic, please call 309-794-7080.
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