Clark County, Kaiser offer free whooping cough shots



Clark County Public Health and Kaiser Permanente are offering free whooping cough immunizations for uninsured and underinsured children and adults.

The immunization clinics will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Sept. 13 at Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park Medical Office, 12607 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.

The clinics are in response to the whooping cough epidemic in Clark County and the rest of the state. Since Jan. 1, state health officials have confirmed 3,911 cases of whooping cough, compared with 387 cases during the same time period last year.

Whooping cough spreads easily through coughing and can cause severe illness in infants younger than 6 months.

The county and Kaiser also offered the immunization clinics in June. Hundreds of people were vaccinated in that round of clinics.