GRANT COUNTY, Wash.--Health District leaders reported a spike in whooping cough cases on Tuesday.
Doctors have seen an increase in whooping cough, pertussis, cases in the past 25 days. Cases range in age from 1-18 years old according to workers at the Grant County Health District. Doctors are tracking cases in Soap Lake, Moses Lake, Ephrata and Mattawa.
“Pertussis is highly contagious and can be deadly for the most vulnerable, including the very young, the very old, and those with weakened immune systems,” stated Shawta Sackett, GCHD Epidemiologist and Community Public Health Manager.
Grant County Health District and several local clinics are offering free Tdap vaccine for uninsured Grant County adults (or adults whose health insurance does not cover the cost of the vaccine) that have close contact with infants and young children.
Health District employees advised that people who do not have a healthcare provider should contact the Moses Lake Office at 509-766-7960.