News Release: Prowers County Health and Environment
Lamar, CO– Prowers County Public Health officials have received lab confirmation of pertussis in 2 Prowers County children, an 8 week old infant, and a 2 year old child, over the past 2 weeks.
Due to the outbreak, Prowers County Public Health and Environment is advising parents to check their child’s immunization record to ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations for pertussis. All adults are also advised to obtain the vaccination if they have not had the vaccination. Residents are advised to check with their health care provider or call the health department if they are uncertain about their vaccination status.
Prowers County Public Health and Environment will be offering clinic times to ensure that residents, including children and adults, who need vaccination can make an appointment to come in. These clinics are an ongoing effort to prevent the further spread of pertussis in Prowers County and possible spread over to other counties and states. Children will not be denied due to inability to pay.
“Vaccination is the safest and most effective tool against ,” said Director of Public Health, Tammie Clark, RN, BSN “We are continuing to work with the healthcare providers and the community, to prevent the further spread of pertussis. Our work focuses on increasing vaccination rates, particularly in adults and adolescents, and preventing transmission to vulnerable populations, where the disease can have devastating results, such as pregnant women, infants, and those with weakened immune systems.”
Pertussis is a vaccine-preventable disease that is also known as whooping cough, or the “100 day cough.” It is highly contagious and caused by a bacterial infection of the lungs. People with suspected or confirmed diagnosis of pertussis should stay home from work, school, or childcare until they have been on antibiotics for at least five days.
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