Pertussis Cases in El Paso Continues to Rise

Pertussis Cases in El Paso Continues to Rise
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Monday, August 6, 2012 - 7:23pm

EL PASO-The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is asking the public for their help in combating Pertussis as they continue to investigate a large number of cases of the disease, also known as "Whooping Cough."

As of July there have been 36 confirmed cases reported to the department so far this year. This number stands in sharp contrast to the number of cases seen in previous years.

"With the number of cases so high, we know that the Pertussis bacteria is well-established in our community, so as we approach the start of the school year for many local districts. We need everyone to do their part in preventing this disease," said Michael Hill, Health Director.

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health's Immunization Program offers the DTaP (for infants and children)and Tdap (for pre-teens, teens and adult) vaccines, which protect from Pertussis as well as Tetanus, and Diphtheria at its five clinic locations across the city. Please note that clients must be uninsured and meet eligibility requirements.

The cost is either $10.00 for one vaccine or $20.00 if the client is receiving more than one vaccine during their visit.

For more information on the Immunization Program please visit:

http://www.elpasotexas.gov/health/immunization.asp

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