Whooping Cough Vaccination Reminder

November 29th, 2012 at 11:59 am by under Latest Posts

The New Mexico Department of Health has launched a public awareness campaign to remind New Mexicans to get vaccinated against pertussis, also known as whooping cough. This year 703 cases of the bacterial infection have been reported in New Mexico, up from 277 patients in 2011. Two children, including a 2-month-old girl from San Miguel County and a 4 year-old boy from Bernalillo County, have died this year as a result of pertussis.

The New Mexico Department of Health recommends the following to help reduce the spread of pertussis:

• All infants and children should receive the primary series of pertussis vaccine, called DTaP, at 2, 4, 6 and 12-18 months of age

• All children should receive a booster dose, called DTaP, prior to school entry at 4 to 6 years of age

• Children between 7 and 10 years of age who are behind on pertussis vaccine should get a Tdap

• Children should receive a booster dose of Tdap at entry to middle school if they haven’t received one previously

• All teens or adults should receive a Tdap booster if one was not given at entry to middle school

• All pregnant women should receive a Tdap booster after the 20th week of pregnancy if they have not received one in the past

• Anyone caring for or spending time with an infant should receive a Tdap booster if they have not received one in the past, including people 65 and older

• All healthcare personnel should receive a Tdap booster, as soon as feasible, if they have not received or are unsure if they have previously received a dose of Tdap

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