California is being hit hard with a whooping cough epidemic, according to the state's public health department, with 800 cases reported in the past two weeks alone.
You have heard the headlines, California Experiencing a Whooping Cough Epidemic.
Utah is also potentially vulnerable to such an outbreak. The Utah Department of Health reported last week Utah has seen 400 cases to date this year (1,331 were reported in Utah in 2013).
But a simple task can be done to protect yourself and your family -- have them vaccinated. Tdap (for adults) and Dtap protect against this disease that can cause illness anyone, and severe illness young children.
Get the facts. Vaccines help prevent disease and illness. The Utah County Health Department offers Pertussis and other vaccinations to help protect you and your family. For details, go to www.UtahCountyHealth.org/immunizations
or call 801-851-7027.
The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community, responding to public health emergencies, and assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD at www.FaceBook.com/uchealth, www.instagram.com/UtahCountyHealthDept, www.twitter.com/uchd, or www.pinterest.com/uchd. The UCHD is a partner with Utah's Public Health Departments.