CPMC is holding a one day Tdap vaccination clinic for anyone over the age of 18 who lives with or cares for young children. The clinic is being held on Thursday, October 27 from 2-6pm at the California Campus @ 3700 California St, Cafeteria level Conference Rooms A, B, C.
Tdap stands for Tetanus-diptheria-pertussis. The important part of this vaccine is pertussis, which helps to protect again whooping cough, a highly contagious bacterial disease which can result in a persistent cough, sometimes for months. In young babies however it tends to be much more serious frequently necessitating hospitalization. In 2010 California had the highest number of cases of whooping cough reported in the past 63 years including 10 neonatal deaths.
Most people are vaccinated for pertussis as children, but immunity wanes with time and will need one booster shot as an adult.