Vermont Department Of Health Recommends Pertussis Booster Shot

January 24, 2013

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State Health officials are urging Vermonters to get a vaccination for Pertussis as they face an outbreak of the disease. The Vermont Department Of Health confirmed 300 cases of Pertussis, also called whooping cough, in 2012 and Children who get vaccines routinely receive the DTaP vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. However, the efficacy of the vaccine wears off over time and last year the Department of Health recommended that everyone over the age of 11 get a DTaP booster shot.
In a December state health commissioner Dr. Harry Chen said, “Vermont has not had an infant death from whooping cough in more than 20 years and we all must do everything we can to keep it that way. We are urging everyone over the age of 11 to take advantage of our vaccine clinics.”

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