Mar 05
Free whooping cough vaccinations at Orange health service

Orange Health Service is calling on new parents and grandparents to receive a free vaccination to help curb the spread of Pertussis (whooping cough).

The Infection Prevention and Control team has been busy providing the vital vaccination to new parents and grandparents to help reduce the risk of new born babies contracting whooping cough.

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control Anetta Westgeest said the team has vaccinated more than 60 new parents or grandparents over the past 3 months.

“We have been running a free clinic for new parents and grandparents once a week and are getting a great response. We are certainly encouraging more eligible people to attend the clinic and receive a quick vaccination which will help to minimise the spread of whooping cough.” Ms Westgeest said.

The Boostrix (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) clinic runs every Thursday from 4-5pm in the Specialist Clinic at Orange Health Service.

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control, Sandra Wharton said the team is working closely with expectant mothers through the antenatal clinic, to spread the message to immunise themselves and their new babies.

“While whooping cough affects people of all ages it is especially serious in babies, and we are targeting those people who are in close contact with new borns.

“It is very important that parents immunise their babies at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months. The first dose can be given as early as 6 weeks of age.” Ms Wharton said.

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control, Suzanne Lovell-Smart explained the vaccination is free for a limited time and encouraged people to receive it while it is still available.

“Whooping cough is highly contagious and the best preventative measure is the Boostrix Vaccination. The clinic is very efficient and it will only take a few minutes of your time to receive the vaccination.” Ms Lovell-Smart said.

Anyone interested in receiving the vaccination is encouraged to contact the Clinic on 6369 3841.


Photo Opportunity:

If you wish to take a photo to accompany this story, please attend on Thursday 8 March 2012, 4pm, Specialist Clinic ground floor Orange Health Service.

Please contact: Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator Anetta Westgeest on 6369 3841 or Media Officer Rachel Buchanan 0428 261 899 for more information.