MAYVILLE - The best way to prevent pertussis (whooping cough) is to get vaccinated.
The Chautauqua County Health Department will be holding a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination clinic at the Jamestown and Dunkirk clinic locations on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 7 p.m.
The pertussis vaccine is routinely given to children at 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 months of age, and then between 4 and 6 years of age.
Since immunity can fade over time, periodic "booster" doses are needed by adolescents and adults to keep immunity strong.
Parents with children less than 7 years of age who have not been completely immunized against pertussis (particularly infants under one year), should talk to their child's doctor about the benefits of vaccination.
Students entering the sixth grade in New York State are required to receive one booster dose of pertussis.
The following adult groups get a single dose of Tdap vaccination regardless of how long it's been since an individual has received a tetanus only vaccine:
Adults of any age, including adults age 65 years and older, in contact with infants younger than age 12 months (e.g., parents, grandparents, childcare providers) who have not received a dose of Tdap.
Pregnant women, preferably after 20 weeks gestation.
Healthcare personnel of all ages.
The Health Department is encouraging appointments, however walk-ins will be seen.
Call 1-866-604-6789 for appointments or questions.