Pertussis Reported In North Central Public Health District

North Central Public Health District says it has been notified of two school-age residents from separate communities within the district that encompasses Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam counties with lab confirmed pertussis, also known as whooping cough, over the past couple of weeks.    District officials point out pertussis is a vaccine preventable disease, but can be very serious and deadly for young babies who do not have the protection of the vaccine.  The Health District is strongly recommending the pertussis vaccination for those who are eligible for it.  Vaccines are available for a fee through your healthcare provider or NCPHD.  Children may qualify for reduced cost or free vaccines at NCPHD.  Remember to cover your cough with a tissue or an elbow, wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, and stay home when sick.

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