Health Center offering free Tdap vaccine

July 2, 2013

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The Pettis County Health Center, 911 E. 16th Street, will offer free Tdap vaccine to the public July 16 and 22 by appointment only.

Appointments will be scheduled between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., and 1 to 6:30 p.m. on July 16.

Appointments will be scheduled between 7 a.m. and noon on July 22.

Walk-ins will be accepted, but they may experience a much longer wait time.

The Tdap vaccine is a Tetanus Booster that has a Petussis Booster in it. Pertussis is also knowm as Whopping Cough. This vaccine will help protect against tetanus, diptheria and pertussis, the health center explained.

Even though adults get a tetanus every 10 years, current recommendations state one Tdap (tetanus booster with pertussis booster) after the age of 11 is needed to boost protection against whooping cough. This is especially important for adults who spend any time with younger children. Vaccinating adults against pertussis also protects the children in their lives, it was noted.

The state of Missouri requires children entering the eighth grade to receive the Tdap vaccine.

The health center will offer this vaccine to adults and children ages 11 and older at the Pettis County Health Center in Sedalia.

This vaccine available regardless of insurance status. Call the Pettis County Health Center at (660) 827-1130 with any questions or to make an appointment.

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