KY (FOX19) - Northern Kentucky’s outbreak of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, continues to spread this summer, with more than 61 cases reported. Vaccination is one way residents can protect themselves and infants they may come in contact with, and the Health Department has the vaccine available for $4 at its county health centers.
“Pertussis can cause serious illness, hospitalization and death — especially in infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated,” said Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “Because vaccine protection fades over time, anyone who plans to be around infants should be vaccinated with the Tdap booster shot, which will provide renewed protection against whooping cough. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are strongly encouraged to get their booster shot.”
The Tdap booster is available by appointment at all four of the Health Department’s county health centers, listed below.