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Whooping Cough Epidemic Declared in CA – Get Vaccinated Now

Member news | Monday, August 18, 2014

Protect babies from whooping cough (pertussis)

A whooping cough epidemic has been declared in California.

Whooping cough is deadly for babies. Whooping cough is a respiratory infection that can cause severe coughing or trouble breathing. About half of infants who get whooping cough are hospitalized!

If you're pregnant, get a Tdap shot! This vaccine helps protect you from whooping cough and passes some protection to your baby.

Create a circle of protection around your baby

4 out of 5 babies who get whooping cough catch it from someone at home. Everyone needs a whooping cough vaccine:

  • Parents
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Childcare providers
  • Grandparents

Make sure your baby gets all 5 doses of whooping cough vaccine on time

Your baby needs whooping cough vaccine (DTaP) at:

  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 15 through 18 months
  • 4 through 6 years

And children need a Tdap booster when they are 11-12 years old.

You can get whooping cough vaccines at your doctor's office or local health department. Call SCFHP Member Services if you need help finding a place to get the vaccine – 1-800-260-2055.

Share this information with your family and friends. It's important!