SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Uninsured and low-income adults will have three more opportunities to immunize against whooping cough – pertussis -- at no cost in July and August. The Snohomish Health District and the Medical Reserve Corps will offer pertussis vaccinations at these local community events:
- Nubian Jam, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett, 98203
- Latino Resource Fair, 2-5 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at Edmonds Community College, 20000 – 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, 98036
- National Night Out, 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, South Everett Neighborhood Center at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 215 W. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett, 98203.
Three hundred doses of vaccine will be available at each event from the supply provided by the state Department of Health to the Snohomish Health District.
This special access to 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 has vaccinated a total of 1657 adults at previous free clinics and Project Homeless Connect, plus approximately 350 more through pharmacies. The number of adults vaccinated for pertussis in 2012 is double what it was in 2011.
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 aren’t up to date on their shots. A single shot known as “Tdap” prevents tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
As of July 20, Snohomish Health District has confirmed 426 reports of whooping cough in 2012, although most cases go unreported, especially in adults.
Learn more about whooping cough in English and Spanish at the Snohomish Health District’s Web site, www.snohd.org/stopthecough.
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.