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Pertussis

VACCINATION IS THE BEST PREVENTION

Currently, several states are reporting an increase in Whooping Cough (Pertussis) cases.

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very serious, contagious respiratory tract infection that can cause serious illness and even death among infants, children and adults.

How Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is Spread
People with whooping cough (pertussis) usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close proximity to others, who then breathe in the pertussis bacteria. Whooping cough (pertussis) is most severe for infants. Many infants who get pertussis are infected by parents, siblings, and other adults including grandparents and babysitters who might not even know they have the disease.

Preventing Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
The best way to prevent whooping cough (pertussis) is for you and your loved ones to take action by getting vaccinated. Your infant or child is not fully protected from whooping cough (pertussis) until they have received all 5 shots. Children need a total of 5 DTaP shots by the time they begin kindergarten. Both Adolescents and Adults need to be revaccinated, even if they were completely vaccinated as children. A whooping cough (pertussis) booster is recommended every 10 years given as a combination vaccine with your tetanus booster and is approved for everyone between 11 - 64 years of age only.

To better understand the schedule and guidelines for routine vaccinations, please review the Summary of Recommendations for Childhood/Adolescent and Adult Immunization charts.

DTaP (infants and children) and Tdap Booster or Td Booster (for Adolescents and Adults) are currently available at all CMG CareToday locations for only $58. The CMG CareToday clinicians are also available to review immunization history and recommend any additional vaccines necessary to be completely protected. (If you have insurance coverage and CMG CareToday is a participating provider in your health-plan network, any applicable co-payments, coinsurance and deductibles will apply.)

For more information and ways to prevent whooping cough (pertussis), please go to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) website at:
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/in-short-both.htm