KENNEWICK, WA - The Benton-Franklin Health District is holding another evening walk-in clinic for the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine.
The clinic will be on Tuesday, June 5, from 5 - 7:30 PM at the Kennewick office on 7102 W. Okanogan Place. Anyone who needs the pertussis vaccination is welcome to come, no appointments needed.
For a $5 administration fee, a free Tdap (pertussis) vaccine is still available to eligible individuals. The administration fee will be waived for those who can't afford it.
To get a vaccine, you must be 19 or older, with low income, frequent contact with infants less than 1 year of age, and no health insurance or insurance that does not cover vaccines. The Tdap vaccine is also available at a discounted rate during the evening clinic for those not eligible for the free vaccine.
Tdap vaccinations at the health district are up 52% compared to this time last year. The number of pertussis cases in Benton -Franklin counties continues to rise and at 57 is already 4 times the total number of cases seen last year.
Rates are highest in infants who are also more seriously affected. Immunizing pregnant women after 20 weeks and the adults in contact with babies remains the best strategy to keep infants protected.
For more information about the vaccination clinic or pertussis, go to the BFHD website by clicking here.
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