MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department is offering free vaccines at clinics around the state to prevent the spread of whooping cough which has reached epidemic numbers in Vermont.
The state recommends that everyone 11-years-olds and older get a Tdap vaccine booster for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis or whooping cough.
The state will hold free vaccine clinics on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its 12 district offices for those who cannot get to their doctor to get a shot. The state has ordered 3,500 vaccines costing $70,000 for the clinics.
As of two weeks ago, 522 Vermonters — a majority of them children ages 10-14 — had been infected with whooping cough or pertussis this year. That’s 10 times the amount reported this time last year.