Vermont In Midst of Whooping Cough Epidemic

Whooping-CoughThe Vermont Department of Health is offering free whooping cough (Tdap) vaccines to anyone age 11 and older on Dec. 19 at each of its 12 district offices. This is an effort to slow the spread of whooping cough, and protect infants, who are at greatest risk for serious illness and death.
The state has had 522 cases of whooping cough this year, including 23 infants under age of 1. This is about 10 times the number of cases at the same time last year. Six infants have been hospitalized.
The vaccine clinics will be held from 10 am- 6 pm at the Health Department offices in Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, Morrisville, Newport, Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Springfield and White River Junction. No appointment is needed.
To find a district office near you or questions about the disease and the vaccine, go to www.healthvermont.gov or dial 211

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