Westport Weston Health District Offers Vaccination Against Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

The CT Department of Public Health Immunization Program has provided the Westport Weston Health District with a supply of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine in an effort to vaccinate all eligible individuals against pertussis (whooping cough).

The CT Department of Public Health has established a Cocoon Program to help protect infants against pertussis (whooping cough). The fundamental strategy of this program, referred to as “cocooning”, helps to put a protective “cocoon” of immunity around the infant. Vaccination with pertussis-containing vaccine is recommended for all persons who have close contact with infants. Eligible persons include post-partum women, mothers and fathers of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) babies, adoptive families, siblings, and household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 12 months.

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. These bacteria attach to the cilia (tiny, hair-like extensions) that line the upper respiratory tract and release toxins, which results in damage to the cilia and inflammation. Typical signs and symptoms include uncontrollable, violent coughing and/or inspiratory whoop, and /or vomiting following coughing. Any person with a history of cough illness lasting 14 days or more and one of symptoms should be seen promptly by their physician.

The vaccine is free of charge, however, there is $21 vaccine administration fee. For more information or for an appointment, call Loren Pace, RN at 203-227-9571 X231.