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Rutland Regional and RAVNAH collaborate to prevent whooping cough

To date there at least 33 reported cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) in Rutland County. Pertussis is an acute disease of the respiratory system. People can catch it at any age and at any time of the year. It is contagious, and serious complications are most common among children under the age of one year, including pneumonia, brain inflammation, and in rare cases, death.

To help prevent any additional cases of pertussis in our area, Rutland Regional Women and Children's Services along with Rutland Area Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) have joined forces to offer a free Tdap Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 3 - 5:30 p.m. at RAVNAH.

The Tdap Vaccine is an immunization given to protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and specifically Pertussis. Any adult currently acting as the primary caregiver or who, in the immediate future, will be caring for a newborn or infant under the age of one year old should get the Tdap Vaccine. Newborn infants are at the highest risk for catching pertussis. Pregnant women over the 20 week gestation period are also encouraged to come on Wednesday to get vaccinated.  RAVNAH is located at 7 Albert Cree Drive in Rutland.
For more information about this disease visit The Vermont Department of Health website or RRMC.org.