The York City Bureau of Health is offering free Tdap vaccines to some city residents following an outbreak of pertussis at a York County school.
Last month, several students at St. Patrick Catholic School in York were confirmed to have pertussis or whooping cough, a respiratory infection characterized by prolonged cough.
The pertussis bacteria spreads from person to person by coughing or sneezing. Health officials say the Tdap vaccine, Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular Pertussis vaccine, is the single best control measure to prevent whooping cough.
While childhood immunizations for Pertussis are routine and required for school attendance, the immunity from some vaccines wanes with time and leaves some children susceptible. The Tdap booster vaccine for Pertussis is recommended at least once for everyone 11 years old and older.
Tdap vaccines are being offered at no cost to York City residents who do not have health insurance or are underinsured. To make an appointment for a Tdap vaccine, city residents should call 717-849-2299.
County residents can contact the York County State Health Center at 717-771-4505 to get more information on Tdap vaccines or to schedule a vaccine appointment.