Health department concerned about whooping cough risk

A recent whooping cough outbreak in California has sickened 910 people and killed five infants resulting in what is on track to be the largest outbreak in 50 years. The Bear River Health Department is reminding community members to protect themselves and their children by getting vaccinated. Leona Goodsell, epidemiologist for the health department, says there are many people from Utah who travel to California and while this is not of great concern people need to be reminded that this is a highly contagious disease. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is one of the most commonly occurring vaccine preventable diseases in the United States. The Bear River Health Department currently has free whooping cough vaccine called T-dap available for people between the ages of 19 and 64 who are caregivers of infants. Clinics are available at the health department in Logan Monday through Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and no appointment is needed.

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