Northern Kentucky program looks to prevent the spread of whooping cough

EDGEWOOD, Ky. (FOX19) - The Kentucky Department for Public Health and St. Elizabeth Healthcare are partnering to decrease the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in Northern Kentucky.

The program provides free vaccines to all mothers who deliver at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, as well as immediate family members and caregivers who are regularly in contact with the newborn.

Whooping cough can cause serious illness and even be life-threatening for infants. There were more than 125 cases reported in Northern Kentucky in 2010.

Research shows that infants acquire whooping cough most often from their own family members who have not been vaccinated against the illness. That's why these free vaccines are being offered.

The program is taking place at the Post Partum Care Center at St. Elizabeth Edgewood.

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