Walk-in Tdap vaccinations for adults on Thursday
Livingston County Health Center will be celebrating National Public Health Week April 1-7. This year's theme is "A Wise Investment: Saves Lives. Saves Money," which emphasizes saving lives and curbing health care spending by highlighting the importance of prevention and the value of a well-supported public health system.
The health center is offering Tdap vaccinations for adults on a walk-in basis on Tuesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Nationally, pertussis is on the rise. This disease is potentially fatal, especially in infants.
If you are an adult who is around small children, you should have this vaccination. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and other caregivers of infants are often the ones who unknowingly spread pertussis to babies. That's why it's so important that adults and adolescents, especially those in close contact with an infant, receive a single dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine.
Also on Tuesday, the Chillicothe Fire Department will be handing out smoke detectors as long as the supply lasts from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.