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Lynnwood whooping cough clinic, April 21

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Friday, April 06, 2012
Important information from the Snohomish Health District

Lynnwood whooping cough clinic, April 21
Adults can get free shots at Pacific Medical Center Lynnwood

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Step up to a free whooping cough shot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Pacific Medical Center Lynnwood, 19401 40th Ave. W., Suite 230, Lynnwood, Wash. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended by calling 425.339.8694 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.

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. Three previous free clinics in the county vaccinated a total of 868 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.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that 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.

Contact your health care provider to make sure you and your child are fully immunized. Many doctors and pharmacies around the county are offering low-cost vaccination to help fight the epidemic. Health insurance usually covers such preventive care.

As of March 30, Snohomish Health District has confirmed 200 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 clinic consent forms in English and Spanish at the Snohomish Health District’s Web site, www.snohd.org

Find directions to Pacific Medical Center at www.pacificmedicalcenters.org/index.php/where-we-are/lynnwood

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.