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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

​Saskatoon Health Region is encouraging parents to get their infants vaccinated for pertussis, also known as whooping cough, following an increase in reported cases across Saskatoon Health Region.

Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by bacteria spread by direct contact with droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person. The bacteria spreads easily when people are in close contact in households, classrooms and childcare centres.

Vaccination is available to:

  • Children at two, four, six, and 18 months of age, and again between four to six years of age
  • Children in Grade 8
  • Pregnant women after 26 weeks of pregnancy
  • Adults when they are due for their 10-year tetanus and diptheria booster
  • Adult caregivers of infants less than 6 months old who have not received an dose of tetanus, diptheria and pertussis booster as an adult.

Find immunization locations at Child Health Clinics for those children who may be behind in their immunizations.  Adults who are eligible for funded Tdap vaccine and unable to attend the drop-in clinics, contact the International Travel Centre to book an appointment. 

Find more information on Immunization Coalition website.

 

 

Last Modified: Friday, September 9, 2016 |
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