County, Kaiser host whooping cough vaccine clinic

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

The immunization clinics will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 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 Washington state and Clark County. Since Jan. 1, state health officials have confirmed 3,911 cases of whooping cough, compared to 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. That round of clinics vaccinated hundreds of community members.