CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – In an effort to stave off whooping cough in the Midstate, health officials held another vaccination clinic Tuesday evening in Franklin County.
Free vaccinations were offered at Chambersburg Area Senior High School following a localized outbreak of pertussis.
“Since residents are still testing positive for pertussis, we want to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the vaccine,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy said in a release. “Getting a Tdap vaccine is the most effective and easiest way to prevent pertussis and protect infants who are too young to be vaccinated against this extremely contagious disease. The best way to protect your loved ones this holiday season is to get vaccinated.”
Pertussis, an infection of the respiratory system, is characterized by severe coughing that ends in a “whooping” sound when the person affected breathes in. The first symptoms are similar to those of a common cold.
There have been 61 cases of pertussis confirmed in the Chambersburg and Shippensburg areas. The Department of Health also vaccinated over 1,100 people at four clinics in recently affected areas.
Health officials recommend the pertussis vaccine for children entering school.