August 5, 2010

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine Available at the Occupational Health Clinic

In light of recent epidemics of pertussis (whooping cough) in California and South Carolina, now is a good time to make sure your vaccines are up to date. Pertussis is included in the Tdap vaccine, which is an enhanced form of tetanus booster.

The CDC recommends that one of your adult tetanus boosters be in this form. Although adults only need a tetanus booster every 10 years, it's ok to have an early booster to get the added protection from a Tdap vaccine.

Adults who have contact with an infant are especially encouraged to have the vaccine. Whooping cough is a miserable experience at any age, but the disease is much more dangerous for infants. Babies are not fully protected by vaccination until they are about six months old.

Tdap is available at the Occupational Health Clinic for faculty and staff who have not yet had this form of tetanus booster.

Is your Tdap up to date? To check your vaccination records, log in to Health and Wellness Information Portal and view your Occupational Health Record.

The Occupational Health Clinic is part of Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness.