October 21, 2010

Free Whooping Cought Shots Tues. October 26

Davis Street Family Resource Center is offering free whooping cough shots on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, from 3pm to 7pm.

Pertussis, known as whooping cough, was characterized as an epidemic in California in June 2010, by Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health. It is highly contagious and is deadly for young infants. According to the Alameda County Department of Public Health, there have been 275 cases of pertussis this year and no deaths in Alameda County. In California, there have 5,658 cases and 9 deaths, nearly all infants younger than three months.

According to a flyer about the free shots, "You need a whooping cough booster if;"

  • You are an adult and have never had a whooping cough booster shot

  • You are 10 years or older

  • You are new parents or caretaker of a baby younger than one year

  • You are a child 7-9 years and missing 1 or more DPaT shots

  • You are a child entering 7th through 12th grade you will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school for the 2011-2012 school year"

Davis Street Family Resource Center is located at 3081 Teagarden Street in San Leandro.

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