ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Free vaccinations will be available this week to guard against pertussis – commonly referred to as “whooping cough” – a disease that is becoming more prevalent among infants and small children.

The vaccine is available for anyone older than the age of ten. St. Charles County Health Department Assistant Director Hope Woodson says adults should get the vaccine so they don’t spread pertussis to children.

“It’s a very violent disease as far as the cough goes,” she explained. “The cough is persistent, it doesn’t go away. You cough so violently that you have difficulty breathing.”

In St. Charles County, vaccines will be available on Thursday at the Division of Public Health at 1650 Boone’s Lick Road.

In St. Louis County, they will be available on Wednesday and the following Monday at two locations: the John C. Murphy Health Center in Berkley and the South County Health Center in Sunset Hills.

“I highly recommend it if you’re a grandparent or a parent, if you’ve never had the vaccination, if you can’t remember getting it,” Woodson says.


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