SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Commute to your free whooping cough shot after work on Wednesday, April 4 from 4-8 p.m. at Cascade Valley Hospital, 330 S. Stillaguamish Ave., Arlington, Wash. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended by calling 425.339.8694 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3.
This special access to pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is part of the Snohomish Health District’s ongoing fight with an epidemic of the illness in Snohomish County. The Health District will provide about 250 adult doses of pertussis vaccine made available through the AmeriCares patient assistance program and a $5,000 grant from the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation. Three previous free clinics in the county vaccinated a total of 756 adults.
Snohomish Health District continues to encourage 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 aren’t up to date on their shots. A single shot known as “Tdap” prevents tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
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:
Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is harbored and 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.
As of March 16, Snohomish Health District has confirmed 180 reports of whooping cough in 2012, although most cases go unreported, especially in adults. Letters notifying parents that their child may have been exposed to the disease have gone out to elementary, middle and high schools, youth sports, weekend events, daycares and other activities.
Download vaccine information sheets and consent forms in English and Spanish at the Snohomish Health District’s Web site, www.snohd.org.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier Snohomish County through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.