A series of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) immunization clinics are being held during the month of July in Pettis County. Click to hear KMZU’s Brian Lock talk with Clinic Spokeswoman Jo Ann Martin:

Jo Ann Martin

“The free Tdap vaccine adds the pertussis component, which is also known as whooping cough,” Martin said. “We know that for most people, the vaccines we received as children for whooping cough lose their ability to protect us as we get older.”

The vaccine is available to anyone 11 years of age or older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one dose is required for an adult over the age of 11.

“People are invited to make an appointment and they will be allowed to walk in, however their wait may be a little bit longer if they do that,” Martin added. “The times are on July 8th from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M, July 16th from 1:00 P.M. until 6:30 at night, and on July 22nd from 7:00 in the morning until 12:00 noon.”

To make an appointment, call the Pettis County Health Center at 1-660-827-1130.