Nov 21, 2013

Pertussis vaccine available

GREENVILLE – Have you heard the news? Several communities across Ohio are experiencing outbreaks of whooping cough, also known as pertussis. This disease is highly contagious, spread by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then become infected by breathing in the pertussis bacteria. Whooping cough results in extreme coughing leading to exhaustion, apnea (absence of breathing), dehydration, and possibly hospitalization, plus a number of other serious complications. Fortunately, pertussis is a vaccine-preventable disease. Unfortunately, not everyone is current on immunizations. Protect your children, grandchildren, yourself, and your community by receiving this important vaccine now.

You are invited to come to the Darke County Health Department’s Immunization Clinic, open every Tuesday from 8-10:30 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.; no appointment necessary. The quadrivalent flu vaccine is still available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a walk-in basis. Prevention is the key to health!

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