Washington State is currently experiencing an outbreak of whooping cough (a.k.a. Pertussis) and the number of cases continues to increase but Pertussis vaccine (Tdap) is available. According to Vicki Kirkpatrict, Director of Mason County Public Health and Human Services, Governor Gregoire made the vaccine available to uninsured adults last week and there is NO shortage for Mason County residents.
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Pertussis causes a cough illness that can last several weeks. While it can be a mild illness in older children and adults, it can cause severe illness in infants and pregnant women. Infants are at highest risk for complications such as difficulty breathing, pneumonia, convulsions, and even death. If you or someone in your family has a severe cough that causes vomiting or difficulty breathing, please call your health care provider. There have been six (6) confirmed cases of Pertussis in Mason County but increasing. The Pertussis Vaccine is available at the following locations in Mason County:
MGH Family Health 360-426-3862 • Available to clinic patients only
Shelton Family Medicine360- 426-2653
Mt. View Women’s Center 360-426-0955 • Available to OB patients
Harrison Primary Care 360-277-2950
Fred Myer 360-432-5373
Medicine Shoppe 426-4272
Rite Aid-Belfair 360-275-8964
You are asked to call ahead to verify cost and/or insurance coverage.