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Shawnee County Offering Free Whooping Cough Vaccine

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The Shawnee County Health Agency is now offering free doses of the TDaP vaccine to protect adults against pertussis, which is also known as whooping cough. Spokeswoman Misty Kruger says the vaccine actually protects against more than just whooping cough:

The free vaccine is available to adults aged 19 and above who have no health insurance. Preference is given to parents or caregivers with infants less than 12 months of age. Preferred status will also be given to women who are more than 5 months pregnant. The vaccine is available at the Shawnee County Health Agency during regular business hours. No appointment is necessary.



Shawnee County Offering TDaP Vaccine as Number of Pertussis Cases Rises

The number of people coming down with whooping cough has prompted the Shawnee County Health Agency to offer free vaccinations to adults. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is very contagious -- and can cause serious illness in infants, children AND adults. Misty Kruger, with the Shawnee County Health Agency, says it's a serious illness, with serious consequences. 

Whooping cough is characterized by rapid, violent "coughing fits" that can continue for weeks. In adults, the typical "whooping" sound of the cough may not be present. The vaccine is available for free to anyone who's at least 19-years-old and doesn't have health insurance. Contact the Shawnee County Health Agency for more information.

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