A Vaccination Reminder from the North Eugene Health Center
Children age 10 years and older should receive a booster dose Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis–also known as whooping cough). The pertussis protection in this vaccine is especially important as pertussis is not uncommon and often makes older children, youth and adults very sick with a severe cough that may last a month or two, causing many absences from work and school.
When young children, particularly those under 1 or 2 years of age get ill with pertussis, the illness is even more serious. In very young children, pertussis can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. When older children are immunized, it not only protects them from getting the illness itself, it also keeps them from passing it on to the little ones in their families and community.
This vaccine is available at the Lane County Health Department, doctor’s offices and the North Eugene Health Center. The North Eugene Health Center phone number is 541-790-4445. Please call for more information.
Debbie Johnson RN
North Eugene High School