Source: Delaware News Journal
Delaware health officials are encouraging adults to get vaccinated against whooping cough with Tdap at least two weeks before coming in close contact with an infant. From January 1 to July 31 of this year, there were 20 cases of whooping cough reported, compared with 12 over the same period last year, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. A single booster dose of Tdap is recommended for teenagers and adults 11-64 years who have not previously received a dose (including those who had previously received DTP/DTaP). Adults 65 and older who will likely be in close contact with children within 12 months and who have not previously received Tdap also should get a single dose. Whooping cough is on the rise across the country, and a pertussis epidemic was declared in Washington state in April.