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Five local cases of Pertussis, vaccinations offered June 15

Five children in Archuleta County have tested positive for pertussis (whooping cough) in just the last two weeks. Their ages range from 2 to 14 years old.

“It’s really important for every person to get vaccinated against pertussis,” says Bari Wagner, communicable disease nurse for San Juan Basin Health Department.

Periodic boosters are recommended to not only fully protect you, but also others you may come in contact with who perhaps have compromised immune systems or are still too young to get immunized.

“I feel very strongly about people getting vaccinated. You might have a milder case, but you can still spread whooping cough to someone and it could cause much a more serious illness and even death,” said Wagner.

San Juan Basin Health Department’s Pagosa Springs office is offering a pertussis immunization clinic on Wednesday, June 15, from 4 to 6 pm. Individuals do not need an appointment — they can just walk in. All ages are welcome.

In fact, we are providing free shots to anyone over age 19 thanks to an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. For children under 19 years old, the cost will be just $14.70.

Please bring your immunizations records with you.

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