Two recent cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, have prompted the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to remind Kansans to make sure their preschool children are vaccinated against pertussis and other childhood diseases at recommended intervals.
The two cases involved 3-month-old children in Saline County. One child had received the first diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP) shot. The second child had not been vaccinated yet. The first DTP is given at 2 months of age, with booster shots at 4 months, 6 months, 15 months and entry into school.
The age-appropriate vaccinations are especially important in light of the outbreak of 34 cases of pertussis Kansas experienced last year. Vaccination at the suggested intervals is important in building immunity to childhood diseases. Missing the interval for a follow-up shot puts the child at risk.
Vaccinations for DTP, measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hemophilus influenza B are available through many physicians and county health departments. Health departments may charge a small administrative fee for the shots, but no one is denied vaccination because of inability to pay.