Five new cases of pertussis have been reported in Mesa County since Dec. 13, 2017, bringing the total case count to 17 since Nov. 1, 2017.
Cases range in age from one to 55 years. Median age of cases is 16 years and 94 percent of cases were reported in residents younger than 19.
Young adults between the ages of 16 and 18 who received the Tdap vaccine at ages 11 or 12 should consider getting a Tdap vaccine as soon as possible.
Anyone 18 years or older should also consider getting a Tdap vaccination if it has been more than two years since they got a Tdap vaccination.
Anyone spending time with a baby should receive a dose of Tdap. Babies who get whooping cough often get it from unvaccinated family members.
Pregnant women should receive a Tdap dose during the third trimester of pregnancy. Getting this dose during each pregnancy can indirectly protect your baby or babies from whooping cough.
Practice good handwashing and stay home if you’re sick.
Mesa County Public Health investigates cases of whooping cough, along with 80 other communicable reportable conditions in Colorado, to help public health officials identify trends, track cases and prevent outbreaks.
The Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Clinic offers DTaP and Tdap vaccine to all patients, regardless of ability to pay. Call (970) 248-6900 to make an appointment.
MCPH accepts all major health insurance plans including Medicaid, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan.
MCPH also has programs for those without insurance.