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Where to Get Immunizations

Where to Get Immunizations

Where to get immunizations in Sonoma County. Read more...

FAQ for Parents

FAQ for Parents

Includes information about Tdap requirement and documentation. Read more...

Disease Reporting

Disease Reporting

Includes links to CMR forms. Read more...

Protect Your Baby from Whooping Cough.

Where to Get a Whooping Cough Vaccination

The best place to get immunizations is your doctor's office or clinic as part of personal regular health maintenance. The community clinics offer medical care and immunizations to established patients. Those listed with an asterisk * offer limited immunization services to the public, but encourage establishing care as well.

Community Clinics in Sonoma County


Protect Vulnerable Infants from Pertussis: Immunize Mothers with Tdap during Every Pregnancy

Pertussis is a continuing threat to Californians, though the magnitude of the threat can vary by year. Over 9,100 cases of pertussis were reported in California during 2010, the most in more than a half-century. After levels dropped in 2011 and 2012, they doubled in 2013 and continue to rise.

Young Infants at Highest Risk of Severe Pertussis

Infants younger than six months of age are most susceptible to hospitalization or death from pertussis. Infants can be protected by maternal antibodies that are transferred through the placenta. Early evidence suggests that maternal immunization with Tdap during the third trimester of pregnancy can prevent pertussis in young infants.

Optimal Timing of Maternal Tdap Administration

To maximize protection of young infants, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all women should be administered Tdap during every pregnancy, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks' gestation. If Tdap is not administered during pregnancy, it should be given immediately postpartum. This will not provide direct protection to the infant, but may prevent transmission of pertussis from mother to infant.

Other Close Contacts

Everyone who anticipates contact with an infant younger than 12 months of age should receive Tdap.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


For the Community

Whooping Cough Signs and Symptoms: Be Aware, Treat it Early English | Spanish (pdf)
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Protecting Your Baby From Serious Infections English | Spanish (pdf)
Source: Sonoma County Department of Health Services.

Expecting? Protect Your Baby from Whooping Cough English | Spanish (pdf)
Source: California Department of Public Health.


For Health Providers

Posted April 24, 2014
Pertussis Health Advisory (pdf)

Posted March 14, 2014
Health Advisory: Pertussis Cases on the Rise (pdf)
Source: Sonoma County Department of Health Services.

Pertussis: CDPH Case Definition
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Pertussis: Public Health Investigation Quicksheet
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Pertussis: Laboratory Testing
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Clinical Guidance: Pertussis in Young Infants
Appendix IV includes contact information for four Pediatric Infectious Diseases programs in California that may be called for management advice and decisions (available 24 hours a day). Also listed is one group of intensivists who may be contacted regarding PICU care (available 24 hours a day).
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Recommendations for Tdap in Pregnant Women
Source: MMWR, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If You Work in a Health Care Setting: It's Time for your Tetanus Booster English | Spanish (pdf)
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Pertussis is Peaking: Take Action! English | Spanish (pdf)
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Additional Pertussis Resources
Source: California Department of Public Health.

What's New

Pertussis Health Advisory (pdf) April 24, 2014

In the Media

Silencing Whooping Cough (audio)
Source: KRCB Radio.

Pablo Sandoval Says Let's Fight Pertussis
Source: ShotbyShot.org

Contact

For more information about Disease Control, please contact:
Disease Control Unit
DHS - Public Health Division
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 565-4567
Fax: (707) 565-4565
Ask a Disease Control Nurse

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