Napa County is currently experiencing an increase in
whooping cough cases (pertussis). Click the links below to find out more.
Click on the links below to find out about whooping cough
Local radio DJ
"Kellie in The Morning" talks to Public Health about Whooping Cough!
How can I prevent (stop) whooping cough?
1) Get vaccinated
- There are safe and effective
vaccines for children and adults to prevent whooping cough.
- See below
about the different types of vaccine and where to get them.
2) Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 30
- Good handwashing habits help to stop the spread of
- Teach your children to wash their hands the right way and
set a good example for them by washing your hands often.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Whooping cough is spread
mostly by coughing and sneezing.
- Cover your coughs with your sleeve
or a tissue.
- Wash your hands after coughing and sneezing.
4) If you think you are sick with pertussis talk to a health care
- There are treatments (medicine) available for
- A health care provider can help determine if you have
whooping cough and if you are still infectious (spreading the bacteria to
What should I do if I have whooping cough?
If you think you or someone in your care has whooping cough, talk to your
health care provider immediately.
If you DO NOT have
health insurance or a regular health care provider:
- If you
LIVE in Napa County, call Community Health Clinic Ole to become a patient and get an evaluation
to find out if you need treatment (707) 254-1770.
- If you do NOT live in
Napa County, please seek medical care in your county of residence.
How do you get whooping cough?
- Whooping cough is spread very easily from person to person by
coughing and sneezing.
- Most babies get whooping cough from their
parents or someone who lives with them and/or cares for them.
Where can I get the whooping cough vaccine?
Children under 10 years:
- Talk to your
child's pediatrician or health care provider to ensure childhood vaccines are
up to date.
- Ask specifically about the Tdap
- If your child does not have a health care
- Contact Napa County Public Health (707) 253-4270 for
Children +10 years and Adults:
- Adolescents and adults need a Tdap booster
shot to make sure they are still protected from the bacteria that
causes whooping cough.
- Be sure to ask your health care provider for a
Tdap booster shot that includes protection for
- If you do not have health insurance or you
cannot get the Tdap vaccine from your regular health care provider:
- Contact contact Napa County Public Health (707) 253-4270 for vaccination
- If you are eligible Tdap vaccine is free for children and
$10 for adults from Napa County Public Health
What is the whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) Law?
Since the 2012-2013 school year, all students
entering into 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap shot for school.
Talk to your child's pediatrician or health care provider to ensure childhood
vaccines are up to date and to get proof of Tdap vaccination.
child does not have a health care provider or vaccines are not covered call
Napa County Public Health (707) 253-4270 for free appointments.
more information visit: www.shotsforschool.org/tdaplaw.html