Health Dept. offers free TDaP vaccs

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm

The Pike County Health Department will be offering two more free TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) clinics due to remaining vaccine on hand.

These opportunities are for children 11 years old and older, including adults.  We will have one clinic at the health department into the evening hours and an outreach clinic in Louisiana at Pike County Memorial Hospital in an effort to accommodate working individuals and transportation issues.  The clinic locations, dates and times are below:

Monday, Aug. 12, at the Pike County Health Department 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Pike County Memorial Hospital 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“This is a special program, due to a one-time allotment of free vaccine being provided to us by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services with a strict timeline,” says Community Health Coordinator Rhonda Stumbaugh.  “Vaccine can only be given free during these scheduled clinic dates and times so we hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity of getting free vaccines and protecting themselves, their loved ones, and their community.”

The TDaP vaccine offers protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).  These can be very serious illnesses, even for teens and adults.

• Tetanus causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness all over the body, sometimes so severe a person can’t even open their mouth, swallow or breathe.  Tetanus kills about one out of every five people who are infected.

• Diphtheria can cause a thick coating to form in the back of the throat that leads to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and death.

• Pertussis is commonly known as whooping cough.  It causes severe coughing spells that can lead to problems breathing, vomiting and difficulty sleeping.  It can also lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures, hospitalization, pneumonia, and even death.

One dose of TDaP is routinely given to adolescents at age 11 or 12.  People who did not get TDaP at that age should get it as soon as possible.   All Adults are now recommended to receive one Tdap dose.

Pregnant women should receive a TDaP during each pregnancy to protect the newborn baby.  To minimize an infant’s risk of being exposed to disease and serious illness, it is very important for anyone who has close contact with an infant under one year old to be vaccinated, including parents, siblings, grandparents, child care workers, and other caregivers.

TDaP vaccinations will be offered at no charge during these clinics, regardless of insurance status.

For more information, contact the Pike County Health Department at 573-324-2111 or go to our website www.pikecountyhealth.org

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