Long Beach Whooping cough
Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is on the rise in Long Beach and City health officials are encouraging residents to immunize themselves and their families against this preventable disease.
April 2 – 6, 2012 is National Public Health Week, and the City of Long Beach will be celebrating public health successes this week. Health Department officials will have informational displays in the City Hall lobby and main health facility.
The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will offer free Tdap vaccine to students in grades 7 – 12 at four public clinics scheduled before the school year begins. The clinics are open to students in both public and private schools.
The City’s Health Department is joining with the State of California’s Department of Public Health campaign to encourage parents to vaccinate middle and high school children against whooping cough or pertussis, early.
Pertussis cases (also known as “Whooping Cough“) has been seen in epidemic numbers in California this year, resulting in the highest number of pertussis cases the state has seen since 1955, including a confirmed case in local schools.
Whooping cough (pertussis) has been declared an epidemic in California this year, with case numbers projected to be the highest in 50 years. Almost 2800 people in the state have been sickened with the disease, with 159 hospitalizations and 7 deaths (all deaths have been in infants less than 2 months of age).
Vaccines prevent life-threatening disease. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that young adults receive vaccines to help prevent disease in adulthood. For three years the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has worked with the Long Beach Unified School District and CalState,Long Beach School of Nursing to affordably provide the recommended vaccines for teens and pre-teens.