South Dakota Department of Health hosts free whooping cough vacc - KOTA Territory News

South Dakota Department of Health hosts free whooping cough vaccination clinic in Spearfish

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It isn't an outbreak or epidemic but health professionals are concerned about a recent spike in Pertussis or whooping cough cases specifically in the Northern Hills. The South Dakota Department of Health is getting ahead of the issue by offering a free Pertussis vaccination clinic .Contracting the highly contagious disease can be prevented by vaccinations. And the regional representatives of the South Dakota Department of Health are doing their best to stop the spread of whooping cough right in its tracks.

Wade Huntington, public health regional manager for the South Dakota Department of Health, says that this disease can be prevented with vaccinations.
"Pertussis is a vaccine preventable disease so doing the immunization clinic today its definitely public health prevention," said Huntington.
 
Containment and prevention is what the health department is trying to do. Contain the cases there are and prevent new ones. And that begins with vaccinations. "That's the best way to address any concerns with Pertussis is to get as many people as we can appropriately vaccinated against the disease," said Huntington.

 The Pertussis vaccine is given in a series of doses at two, four, six and 15 months and between four and six years of age. Some of the older kids that were at the clinic were given boosters shots because immunity can wane over time.

 

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