The Placer County Health and Human Services Department, in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, will offer free Pertussis (whooping cough) shots to adults and children seven years old and older at three upcoming clinics.
The schedule for the clinics is:
North Lake Tahoe: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 at the North Tahoe Community Center, 3813 North Tahoe Blvd., in Kings Beach.
Auburn: There will be two clinics on Tuesday, Aug. 31 in the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency building, 3091 County Center Drive. The clinics will run from 10 AM until 1 PM and again from 3 PM until 6 PM. The building is at the intersection of Bell Road and Richardson Boulevard in the Placer County Government Center, a complex commonly known as the DeWitt Center.
Roseville: 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive.
The public is urged to bring any immunization records they have to the clinics.
Outbreaks of whooping cough, a disease also known as Pertussis, have reached epidemic levels in California this year. In Placer County, there were 31 confirmed or probable cases, but no deaths through Aug. 9.
The disease causes coughing fits that make it hard to breathe and spreads easily when someone with the disease coughs or sneezes. Early signs are like a common cold, such as a runny nose, sneezing, low fever and mild cough.
Local and state public health officials are advising whooping cough booster shots for adults and children seven years and older because immunity provided by earlier vaccinations wears off over time.
Newborn infants are at the greatest risk for severe illness and death, and they often get the disease from infected adults or adolescents.
“That is why it is so critical for family members, caretakers and others who have contact with infants or pregnant women to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Mark Starr, Placer County Director of Community Health, Clinics and Animal Services.
Women of childbearing age can be vaccinated before, during and immediately after pregnancy.
For infants, whooping cough vaccinations can begin when they are six weeks old. Infants are not adequately protected until the initial series of three shots is complete. Parents with questions about vaccinating children under seven for whooping cough may want to contact their regular medical providers since vaccines for children younger than seven years old will not be available at these special clinics. Infants and children under age 7 receive a different type of vaccine which they typically receive with other childhood immunizations.
Placer County holds weekly immunization clinics where the public can drop in to get whooping cough shots. At the weekly clinics, vaccines are available for adults and children at least seven years old, as well as for younger children.
The cost is $9 for a child and $16 for adults at the immunization clinics. Anyone planning to get a whooping cough shot at one of the weekly clinics should bring any immunization records they have.
The schedule for the immunization clinics is:
Auburn: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays at 11584 B Ave. in the DeWitt Center. For more information, call 530-889-7215.
Roseville: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 1130 Conroy Lane, Suite 402. For more information, call 916-784-6444.
Tahoe: 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays at 8665 Salmon Ave. in Kings Beach. For more information, call 530-546-1970.
For more information, call Placer County Community Health at 530-889-7141. Whooping cough information also is available on the county website at www.placer.ca.gov.