Whooping cough vaccinations offered

H1N1 vaccine available to general public

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is offering free
whooping cough vaccinations starting Sunday and running through the
middle of October. Vaccinations will be provided to people who
cannot afford health insurance or have access to medical care.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is offering free whooping cough vaccinations starting Sundayand running through the middle of October. Vaccinations will be provided to people who cannot afford health insurance or have access to medical care.

Instances of whooping cough have increased significantly in 2010, with 3,076 cases having been reported as of August 17 vs. 434 cases reported during the same period last year. In Santa Clara County, 138 cases of whooping cough have been reported this year, compared to 25 during the entirety of 2009. Eight infants have died so far this year from the disease, although none of these have been in Santa Clara County.

Infants are much more susceptible to developing whooping cough and it is recommended persons 7 years or older living with or caring for infants be vaccinated in order to reduce the risk of spreading infection.

The Public Health Department is especially concerned about vaccinating with the Latino community, because all 8 infant deaths in California were among Latino babies. Pregnant women must bring a doctor’s prescription.

Where to get vaccinated:

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Arteaga’s Super Save Market,

6906 Chestnut Street, Gilroy

5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday

Rotacare Clinic at the Gilroy Neighborhood Health Clinic

South Valley Junior High School

7861 Murray Avenue, Gilroy

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, August 29

La Región Super Market

400 S. King Road, San Jose

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 16

Mayfair Community Center

2039 Kammerer, San Jose

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