Low-income, uninsured college students and other adults will be offered free whooping cough shots from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 13 at Everett Community College’s Whitehorse Hall, Room 105. People under age 18 need a parent or guardian signature for permission to vaccinate.
Everett Community College is located at 2000 Tower St., in Everett. For directions to the college and parking information, see www.everettcc.edu/maps.
Snohomish Health District encourages all adults—especially those who have contact with infants—to get vaccinated against this preventable disease. People of all ages need booster shots to maintain their immunity, and most adults are not current on their shots. A single shot known as “Tdap” prevents tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough.
Contact your health care provider or pharmacy to make sure you and your child are fully immunized. Children’s vaccines are free or low-cost. Vaccines for adults may be covered by private health insurance or Medicaid, or offered at reduced cost at the sites listed at www.snohd.org/stopthecough.
Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is spread by adults and children and is particularly harmful to infants, who have no immunity. Children and adults become sick enough to miss school and work for several days and up to two weeks.
Download vaccine information sheets and consent forms in English and Spanish at the Snohomish Health District’s Web site, www.snohd.org/stopthecough.