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Free whooping cough booster shots for adults without insurance on Saturday

Vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others—including babies—during the ongoing whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic, so Public Health – Seattle & King County and Group Health Cooperative are partnering to provide free whooping cough booster shots for adults.

Adults without health insurance and those who cannot afford to pay can get a free booster from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Group Health Burien Medical Center, 140 SW 146th St.

Young infants are at highest risk for severe illness, hospitalization and death from whooping cough. In older children and adults, the severity of whooping cough can range from a serious illness to less severe cold-like symptoms. However, the greater danger is that adults can spread the infection to infants, pregnant women and others who have no protection.

Health officials urge all adults, especially those who have contact with infants, children and pregnant women, to make sure they have had their whooping cough vaccination.

Vaccines also are available at many local pharmacies and through health care providers.

The number of whooping cough cases in King County continues to rise, with 187 cases confirmed so far in 2012. With the ongoing whooping cough epidemic in our state, the risk of getting infected is high and will likely remain high for several more months.

To learn more about how immunizations can save lives please watch and share this video.

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