Pertussis

Updated 8/29/11

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Becomes Epidemic in California: What You Need to Know.

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a fairly common and highly contagious disease that is on the rise in California.  The symptoms resemble a common cold by causing runny nose, sneezing and a mild fever, but this illness is characterized by a strong cough followed by the whooping sound from coughing and then having to catch your breath.  The cough usually sets in one to two weeks after the initial symptoms and can last for as long as ten weeks.  Since it is very contagious and can be spread by simply being around someone who has it while they cough or sneeze, it is important to get yourself vaccinated.  Rates of pertussis have been rising in California and it can be dangerous for all ages and especially those under 6 months of age.  More than half the infants under one year of age who get pertussis must be hospitalized.  While this doesn’t sound serious to a college student it is important to protect ourselves so that we don’t put those around us at risk. 

At the Student Health Center on campus, we are currently offering the adult version of the vaccine (Tdap). Pertussis shot is available for $43 for students who qualify for the vaccine based on their immunization history.

We are accepting walk-ins at the Student Health Center during the times and days listed below:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00-12:00 p.m. AND 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday:  9:15-12:00 p.m. AND  3:00-4:00 p.m.

For more information on the whooping cough, please go to the following weblinks:

  1. http://www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/
  2. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/DEFAULT.aspx
  3. http://www.cdc.gov/features/pertussis/