Source: KRNV News 4 (Reno, NV)
By: Sacks, Alyx
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has rolled out a Cocooning Program to protect newborns by administering the pertussis vaccine to the baby’s immediate family. Funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention enable the state’s birthing hospitals to offer the vaccine to patients for free. The program offers protection to infants until they are fully immunized against the disease, at 12 to 18 months of age. Statistics show that the program works: Nevada’s pertussis rate was 3.47 cases per 100,000 in November, compared to the national incident rate of 9.3 cases per 100,000. The Association of Immunization Managers recently gave the Bull’s-Eye award to the Nevada State Immunization Program in recognition of the cocooning program.