In light of a current increase in pertussis, the Lincoln County Health Department is urging Lincoln County residents to seek pertussis vaccinations.
Pertussis is a contagious bacterial disease affecting the respiratory tract and is spread by coughing, often through repeated face-to-face contact. Pertussis tends to be a returning disease where case numbers may rise dramatically every four to five years.
The pertussis vaccine is given in combination with Diphtheria and Tetanus vaccines, called DTaP, and is recommended for children age two months through six years old. A pertussis vaccine for adolescents and adults, called Tdap, is recommended as a one-time booster to all individuals age 11 years and older, including the elderly. If someone does experience pertussis after immunization, their case is usually milder.
Individuals with symptoms should contact their healthcare provider about antibiotic treatment that can shorten the time when they are contagious. Those with pertussis should be isolated from school, work or other activities until completing at least the first five days of the recommended antibiotic therapy.
Public Health Nurse Mindy Schwarz says, “Vaccination continues to be the best way to protect yourselves and others against pertussis.” The department recommends all Lincoln County residents check their vaccination status and schedule an appointment if they have not yet been immunized against pertussis.”
Call the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to check your immunization record or to make an appointment. Cost is $5.00 for the pertussis containing vaccine.