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Chatham County Health Department is providing Tdap immunizations

Posted Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County Public Health Department is providing Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) immunizations to anyone age 10 through 64. Adolescents and adults should receive a single dose of Tdap to replace a single dose of Td for booster immunization. The vaccine is available free of charge and is available by appointment during regular immunization clinic hours (Pittsboro site Tuesdays 8- 5pm by appointment, Siler City site Monday – Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm by appointment).

The Tdap vaccine promotion is made possible by the North Carolina Immunization Program to help reduce the incidence of Pertussis (also known as whooping cough).

“Since January 1, 2007 there has been 6 cases of pertussis identified in Chatham County, fortunately for us, none of the diseases resulted in serious illness or death. The importance of immunizations cannot be underestimated however, there are young children who become seriously ill and even die from the disease,” said Shirley Cotten, Community Health Surveillance Nursing Supervisor. With the availability of Tdap immunization, Public Health hopes to prevent further disease and deaths.

Beginning September 2008, a dose of Tdap vaccine will be required for sixth graders in North Carolina. Public Health officials hope the free immunization will encourage parents to immunize their children early, before the back-to-school rush. It’s important to update your child’s school records with any new immunizations received.

The most common sources of Pertussis in children are caregivers and loved ones. Parents, grandparents, siblings, daycare workers, health professionals, and teachers often carry the disease, and don’t realize they are passing it on to children.

The vaccine is available at your local public health departments, at both the Pittsboro and Siler City sites. You may also get the vaccine from your local medical provider.

For more information related to the Tdap initiative, please call Shirley Cotten, RN 919- 542-8220.

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