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Horizon reminds public to schedule their whooping cough vaccine

(Fredericton) April 25, 2019 - Horizon Health Network is reminding adults of the importance of receiving their whooping cough vaccine to protect themselves and those around them. Preschool aged children (4 years old) also need to receive a booster as part of their vaccination schedule.

The Fredericton area is currently experiencing a whooping cough outbreak, which could affect infants, children and adults. Children under one year can become very sick with whooping cough and develop complications requiring a stay in hospital. Infants are not old enough to have all the whooping cough vaccine doses to be fully protected.

Parents are encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms and speak to their health care provider if needed. Whooping cough is also known as pertussis or "the 100-day cough", receiving its name from the "whoop" sound made when someone with the disease gasps for air after a fit of coughing. 

Whooping cough is a vaccine-preventable disease and is recommended for babies, children, teens, pregnant women, and adults.  New Brunswick adults are offered one free, publicly-funded whooping cough booster throughout their lifetime.

Call your local Public Health office or talk to your health care provider if you have questions about whooping cough or for more information on where to receive the vaccine.  You can reach Fredericton Public Health at 506-453-5200.  

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For more information contact:

Emely Poitras  
Media Relations
1-877-499-1899
Media@HorizonNB.ca
www.HorizonNB.ca

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