DHEC offering free whooping cough vaccinations

adouglas@heraldonline.comJuly 30, 2013 

Free whooping cough vaccination shots will be available in August at four health departments across York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

The Tdap shots are a new requirement for seventh graders to attend school next month.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will offer the vaccinations at clinics in every county in the state.

Tdap is a booster to the whooping cough vaccine given to infants to guard against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

“Unfortunately, protection against these diseases fades with time, and by age 10, the effectiveness of the original vaccine can decrease, causing the child to be more susceptible to these diseases,” said Dr. Riyadh Muhammad, pediatrician and a DHEC medical consultant. “This makes the Tdap/whooping cough vaccine an important step in keeping children healthy.”

Anyone can receive the vaccination at any clinic in S.C.

The shot is recommended for children ages 11 and older and people who spend time around babies less than one year old.

DHEC also recommends the vaccination to pregnant women and anyone who hasn’t had a tetanus or Tdap booster shot in the last 10 years.

The shots will be available on August 10 at the Rock Hill Health Department at 1070 Heckle Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Lancaster, the Tdap shot will be available on Aug. 3 at the Lancaster Health Department at 1833 Pageland Highway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Chester, the Tdap shot will be available on Aug. 10 at the Chester Health Department at 129 Wylie Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To make an appointment in Rock Hill, Lancaster or Chester, call 1-800-403-4047 or 803-785-2698.

In York, the Tdap shot will be available on a “walk-in only” basis on Aug. 10 at the York Health Department at 116 N. Congress St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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