Health and Human Services managers say only 10 percent of Lane County’s population is vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough. They say we should be at 95 percent to ensure community immunity.
The worry for public health is especially high because Lane County is sandwiched between Washington and California. Both states have had outbreaks of epidemic levels. Needless to say, the health and human services department is concerned.
By partnering with KEZI 9 News, it’s giving free vaccines flu and Tdap (which covers pertussis, tetanus and diphtheria) vaccines Wednesday at Lane Community College.
“Pertussis kind of ebbs and flows and this year has been especially bad, so there’s always that risk and we have to prepare for the worst,” said Jason Davis, Health & Human Services spokesman.
Most adults don’t know that a booster to prevent whooping cough is required after about 17 years of age.
To get the free vaccines, go to LCC’s campus, Building 30 anytime between noon and 4 p.m.
Lane Transit District also pitched in. It’s offering free bus passes to anyone going to and from the event. Click here to print one out.