Kaiser offers free shots in Vancouver
Kaiser Permanente will open whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination clinics for uninsured and underinsured people in Clark County to help make sure everyone is vaccinated, including those without health insurance.
The clinics will take place at the Kaiser Cascade Park Medical Office in Vancouver, 12607 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., each Thursday and Friday in June from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There also will be a clinic on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Clark County is experiencing an alarming increase in whooping cough infection, with 153 confirmed cases reported since the first of the year. Only 25 cases were reported at this time last year. TheWashington Department of Health has declared a statewide whooping cough epidemic, with more than 2,000 reported cases.
Whooping cough spreads easily through coughing and can cause life-threatening illness in infants under 6 months old. Until vaccinations became widespread in the 1940s, whooping cough caused thousands of deaths each year in the United States.
The vaccination clinics are an important collaboration between Clark County Public Health and Kaiser Permanente Northwest aimed at containing the spread of whooping cough in the community.