Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Free whooping cough vaccine for adults without insurance



Vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others—including babies—during the ongoing whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic, so Public Health – Seattle & King County and Group Health Cooperative are partnering to provide free whooping cough booster shots for adults. Adults without health insurance and those who cannot afford to pay can get a free booster on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Group Health Burien Medical Center.

Young infants are at highest risk for severe illness, hospitalization and death from whooping cough. In older children and adults, the severity of whooping cough can range from a serious illness to less severe cold-like symptoms. However, the greater danger is that adults can spread the infection to infants, pregnant women and others who have no protection.

Health officials urge all adults, especially those who have contact with infants, children and pregnant women, to make sure they have had their whooping cough vaccination.
To learn more about how immunizations can save lives, please watch and share this video: http://youtu.be/mQw-EQyx2dk