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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
Barbara Howe, 268-2122

         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
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.

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