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Dakota County Reports Surge in Cases of Whooping Cough

The county will offer three immunization clinics in January in an effort to stem whooping cough, or pertussis, which has afflicted more than 260 people in Dakota County over 2012.

Editor's Note: The following is a news release from Dakota County.

Pertussis, or “whooping cough”, remains a concern, with more than 260 cases reported in Dakota County this year.

Pertussis can affect anyone, but it can be much more serious in infants. 

It is important that people of all ages be up to date on their pertussis vaccinations. Infants should begin the series of DTaP vaccinations at 2 months of age, receiving five doses before starting kindergarten. At 10 years of age a child should receive a Tdap booster. Anyone 10 years or older who has not had a booster is encouraged to get one now. This is also the season for flu vaccinations – flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months of age and older.

Dakota County Public Health provides reduced-fee immunizations for eligible children and adults. Check our website at www.dakotacounty.us (search “Vaccines”) or call 952-891-7528 for eligibility guidelines and vaccine availability.

January Clinics:

  • Tuesday, January 8, by appointment only
    Dakota County Western Service Center - 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Suite 286, Apple Valley
  • Tuesday, January 15, walk-in from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
    Dakota County Western Service Center - 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley
  • Tuesday, January 22, by appointment only
    Dakota County Western Service Center - 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Suite 286, Apple Valley

Immunizations given at public clinics should not be substituted for routine well-child visits. Minors under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Bring all immunization records with you to the clinic. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. For more information, call the Immunization Hotline at 952-891-7999.

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