From Public Health - Seattle & King County
Low-cost Whooping Cough Vaccine (Tdap) for Uninsured People
Since whooping cough is still continuing to make an unusually high number of King County residents sick, pharmacies and health care providers are trying to make vaccine more widely available for people without health insurance or who can’t afford to pay.
Where can your clients find whooping cough vaccines?
1) Local QFC and Bartell Drugs pharmacies have low-cost whooping cough booster shots for adults
2) Community health centers and public health centers have low-cost whooping cough vaccines for children and adults who are currently clients
3) Health care providers participating in the state’s Childhood Vaccine Program offer low-cost whooping cough vaccine for children under 19
How much does the whooping cough vaccine cost?
When you get a low-cost vaccine, health care providers and pharmacies may charge a fee up to $15.60. In comparison, the normal cost of the Tdap booster shot without insurance is from $60-$100. If you cannot afford the fee, you can ask to have the fee waived.
Why should people get a whooping cough vaccine?
Vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from whooping cough and it prevents the disease from spreading to infants, pregnant women, and others. People of all ages can get whooping cough,but infants are at greatest risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death. Pregnant women with whooping cough near the time of delivery may spread it to their newborns. Encourage your clients to make sure all children, teens and adults in their household are up-to-date with whooping cough vaccine, especially if they are in contact with infants or pregnant women.
For more information about whooping cough (pertussis) and where to get vaccine, visit kingcounty.gov/health/pertussis
If your clients need information on health insurance or help finding a healthcare provider, they can call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 or visit www.parenthelp123.org.
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