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Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Phillip R. Crandall, Director Public Health Branch 529 I Street, Eureka, CA 95501 Phone (707) 445-6200 Fax (707) 445-6097 Date: September 17, 2010 Media contact: Mary McKenzie, 268-2127 firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara Howe, 268-2122 email@example.com Record number of whooping cough cases in California Public Health offers more Free Immunizations So far this year, California has recorded 4,017 cases of pertussis, the highest number since 1955. “We have an effective vaccine to prevent pertussis but we need the help of the community to ensure the protection of infants,” said Susan Buckley, Public Health Branch Director. Humboldt County’s Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Branch is partnering with the California Department of Public Health to offer FREE Tdap immunizations to the public. This shot will be available AT NO COST to anyone over the age of 11 years old. The immunization booster, called Tdap, protects against tetanus and diphtheria as well as pertussis. This shot will be available to anyone over the age of 11 years old. Pertussis (whooping cough) is currently an epidemic in California. Pertussis during early infancy is frequently severe and potentially fatal. Nine California infants, all younger than three months of age, are known to have died from pertussis so far in 2010. Because immunity from both the disease and the shots wears off over time, the California Department of Public Health is strongly recommending a Pertussis booster shot for all adolescents and adults who have not yet received a dose, including those individuals older than 64 years of age. Since infants are at the greatest risk from this disease, all family members and all care providers of young infants should certainly take this opportunity to receive this vaccine. If you are interested in getting this vaccine, but cannot make it to the community clinic call the Public Health Clinic in Eureka to make your appointment to get your pertussis booster vaccine, 268-2108. -###-