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Thirteen New Grant County Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Cases

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Thirteen New Grant County Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Cases

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June 7, 2012

(Grant County, WA) Public Health Nurses at the Grant County Health District (GCHD) continue to investigate cases of Whooping Cough (pertussis).

To help control the spread of disease, the Grant County Health District and several clinics are offering free Tdap vaccine for uninsured Grant County adults (or adults whose health insurance does not cover the cost of the vaccine) and have close contact with infants and young children. “If you think you qualify for this program, first contact your healthcare provider,” states Carol Schimke, Immunization Coordinator and Public Health Nurse. She adds, “If you do not have a healthcare provider or your provider does not have the free Tdap vaccine, please contact us at the Moses Lake Office at 509-766-7960.”

Due to the increasing number of whooping cough cases in Grant County and the State, contact your health care provider if you are coughing or are concerned that you may have been exposed to whooping cough. It is very important that you stay home and away from other people while waiting for test results or for five days while you are taking medication if your doctor tells you that you have whooping cough.

The Grant County Health District reminds residents:

  • If you or a family member has been exposed to pertussis, take your entire prescription of antibiotics. The last bacteria that causes pertussis in your body is often the hardest to kill and requires your entire prescription to kill the bacteria.
  • If you are not vaccinated against pertussis get vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • If you are coughing ask your healthcare provider about being tested for pertussis.
  • It is possible to get sick with pertussis more than once. Get vaccinated.
  • If you have an infant or young child, ask every person who cares for your child if they are up to date on their Tdap vaccination.

Whooping Cough 2012
Washington State: 2,092 cases compared to 164 cases in 2011 during the same time period.
Grant County: 13 cases reported. Before the 2010-2011 outbreak,
Grant County had an average of 2-4 cases a year.

Washington State Department of Health: FAQ on Whooping Cough: www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/factsheet/pertussis.htm
Grant County Health District Whooping Cough web page: www.granthealth.org/pertussis.html

Washington State Dept of Health Whooping Cough Public Service Announcement:

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