Health Dept. Encouraging Whooping Cough Vaccines

7 Eyewitness News Staff

The Jackson-Madison County Health Department is working with clinics all across the country in an effort to vaccinate against pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

Medical personnel from the department have worked with a number of child care providers to make sure kids in their care get vaccinations against the highly contagious respiratory disease. One stop Thursday was the YMCA, located in Jackson.

The vaccinations prevent the disease that is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which make it difficult to breathe. It most affects infants and young children and can be fatal to infants less than one year old.

"Most infants that do catch get that from their caretakers. Whether they be grandparents or the parents, or daycare workers," said Shanna Shearon, MPH Regional Epidemiologist. So, we're trying to cut down on the incidence."

Other stops at child care locations are planned in the future.
For more information and to receive a vaccination contact the health department or a health care provider.


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