January 30, 2012 |

Stop whooping cough:

Snohomish Health District and its community partners will offer free vaccine to protect adults from pertussis, or whooping cough, at two sites from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 4: • Snohomish Health District, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett, WA 98201 • Sea Mar Community Health Center, 9710 State Ave., Marysville, WA 98270

The clinics want to attract pregnant women in their third trimester, and adults who have close contact with infants, young children, or pregnant women in Snohomish County.

A telephone call center staffed by Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will make appointments for callers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 30 through Feb. 3 at 425-388-5088. Download vaccine information sheets and consent forms in English and Spanish at the Health District’s Web site home page, www.snohd.org.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is particularly harmful to infants, who have no immunity. To date, eight infants have been hospitalized, including one baby who died last summer.

“The only protection we can give newborns is to vaccinate the people who surround them – siblings, parents, grandparents, and other caregivers,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District. “The vaccine wanes over time, so even if you’ve had pertussis or the vaccine when you were younger, you still need the Tdap vaccine now.”

“We are grateful to The Everett Clinic Foundation and to Sea Mar Community Health Center for helping us fight the spread of whooping cough in Snohomish County,” said Dr. Goldbaum. “We very much appreciate our productive collaboration with The Everett Clinic Foundation, Sea Mar Community Health Center/Marysville, and the Medical Reserve Corps.”

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