Confirmed pertussis case in Archuleta County, special clinic Feb. 17

There is a confirmed case of pertussis in Archuleta County.

An infant has been treated and is recovering well. There is also a probable case.

Our southwest region has accounted for one-third of all confirmed cases in Colorado since Jan. 1. An outbreak in La Plata County stands at 18 individual cases confirmed with the rest of the cases occurring throughout the Front Range.

San Juan Basin Health is offering a special walk-in immunization clinic for Archuleta County residents on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.. It will be held at San Juan Basin Health Department, 502 S. 8th St. Individuals can also call 264-2409, Ext. 33 to schedule an appointment for one of the Health Department’s regular immunization clinics held every Monday.

Pertussis is a contagious illness that can be very severe in infants and young children, potentially resulting in hospitalizations and even life-threatening complications. Although adults may experience relatively mild symptoms, they can still transmit the disease to others. Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a booster vaccination, which has the bonus of serving as a tetanus booster.

Since grades six through eight require the booster this coming school year, this clinic is a great opportunity for parents to get their child up to date. If possible, parents are asked to bring their child’s immunization record to the clinic.

The cost is $14.70, but no one will be turned away.

For more information on pertussis and immunizations, visit www.sjbhd.org or call 264-2409.