Dec 16, 2010 1:37 PM by Greg Boyce

Adults in contact with children urged to get pertussis shot

The Colorado Department of Health is recommending that adults who will have contact with infants in the near future, get a vaccination against pertussis, commonly called whooping cough.

Colorado is among several states that have seen a notable increase in the number of pertussis cases reported this year.

The state health department recommends people who are caring for an infant or are a member of a household with an infant, should be vaccinated. This includes

  • all adult infant care providers including adults age 65 and older
  • under-immunized pre-adolescents (ages 7-10 years)

People should contact their pharmacy, health care provider's office or local public health agency for vaccinations.



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