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Immunization Program
 
Public Health Immunization Program The mission of the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Program is to improve the health of children and adults by eliminating sickness and death resulting from diseases in which a safe and effective vaccine is available and to deliver high quality vaccines in a safe and effective way to all children and adults who require them.
Immunizations for Your Child
 
The best care for your child is to get immunizations from his or her regular doctor or clinic, because they will have all of your child’s health information. But if there are costs for the vaccine that you can’t afford to pay, Sutter County Public Health is a place you can bring your child during our Immunization Clinic hours. If you have questions whether your child qualifies, please contact Sutter County Public Health at 822-7215.

For more information on vaccines please visit the EZIZ or CDC websites.

Immunization Clinic
 
Where: Sutter County Public Health
 
  1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City
  Walk-in Immunization Clinic
  No appointment necessary
 
  Must bring your child's yellow shot record!
 
When: Mondays - 1-4 pm
  Wednesdays - 1-4 pm
  Fridays - 8-11 am

Please see clerk in room 3 to sign in during these hours
 
  Tuberculosis skin tests available
  Limited vaccines available for Adults
(Call 822-7215 for information)
 
  Printable Flyer 

Free Immunizations: Children-newborn through 5 years of age; Qualified Sutter County Residents Only

Provided through a grant from Sutter County Children & Families Commission in collaboration with Sutter County Public Health.

New Rule Shots Before School
 
New Rule Shots Before School California enacted a law in 2012 that requires every incoming 7th grader to have had a Tdap immunization or have an exemption signed by the parent. Beginning in January 2014, a new law, AB 2109, will take effect that requires any parent seeking exemption(s) to school vaccine requirements to see a medical provider to discuss the benefits and risks of vaccinating their child before an exemption will be granted.

 
For additional information see:
Love Them, Protect Them
 
Immunize Against Pertussis California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that all new parents, grandparents and those persons who will be around a new infant to be immunized against Pertussis. The vaccine is called Tdap, and is protection against Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Tetanus and Diphtheria. All pregnant adolescents and women should receive Tdap during each pregnancy (preferred during 27 through 36 weeks gestation) regardless of number of years from prior Td or Tdap vaccination.
 
For more information please go to:
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Frequently Asked Questions
 
For additional information see: 1. What is pertussis?
Pertussis (whooping cough) is highly contagious and one of the most commonly occurring vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States.
  • People with pertussis usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then breathe in the pertussis bacteria.
  • Many infants who get pertussis are infected by older siblings, parents or other caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.

2. How can pertussis be prevented?
The best way to protect yourself from pertussis is by getting the pertussis vaccine.

Pertussis vaccines are safe and effective. Check with your doctor about pertussis vaccines for yourself and your family. As an alternative, whooping cough shots are available for free or low cost at some local health departments.

The series for children starts at 2 months of age, and continues at 4, 6, 15-18 and 4-6 years of age. (DTaP)

The booster shot (Tdap) is recommended by 11 years of age because immunity from the childhood vaccines wears off over time.

Teens and adults who haven't yet received a pertussis booster shot should also receive a dose as soon a possible.

Newborn infants are at highest risk of dying from pertussis in part because they are too young to be protected from vaccines. Therefore, all of those who are in close contact with young babies should be immunized against pertussis. Some hospitals are currently offering Tdap for mothers who have just delivered or other close contacts.

If you are planning on becoming pregnant or are currently pregnant, talk to your doctor about getting the Tdap vaccine. Don't risk spreading this disease to your baby. Make sure all people around your baby are vaccinated with Tdap including siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nannies, caregivers, childcare staff, etc.

If pertussis is circulating in the community, there is still a chance that a fully vaccinated person (of any age) can catch this very contagious disease. This is because no vaccine is 100% effective. However, when a vaccinated person gets pertussis, the infection is usually less severe.

Keep young infants away from people with cough illness. Likewise, people with cough illness should always stay away from young infants.

Health care workers all need Tdap to protect themselves and their patients

3. What are the symptoms?
Pertussis symptoms can be different depending on how old you are or if you've been vaccinated.
  • Pertussis usually starts with cold-like symptoms, and maybe mild cough, but not every runny nose is pertussis. Pertussis is often not suspected or diagnosed until a persistent cough with spasms sets in after 1–2 weeks.
  • In infants, the cough may be mild or absent. However, infants may have a symptom known as "apnea." Apnea is a brief pause in the child's breathing pattern.
  • Infants and children with pertussis can cough violently and rapidly, over and over, until the air is gone from their lungs and they're forced to inhale with a loud "whooping" sound. This extreme coughing can result in vomiting and exhaustion. Illness is generally less severe in adolescents and adults.
  • The coughing fits usually last from 1 to 6 weeks, but can go on for up to 10 weeks or more.
  • Although children are often exhausted after a coughing fit, they usually appear relatively healthy in-between coughing episodes.
  • The illness can be milder (less severe) and the typical "whoop" absent in children, adolescents, and adults who have been vaccinated.

4. Is pertussis treatable?
Seeking treatment when pertussis symptoms first start is important.
  • If you or your child is having trouble breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Tell the doctor if you or your child has been around others with cough/cold symptoms or if you've heard that pertussis is in your community.
  • Antibiotic treatment may make the pertussis infection less severe if it is started early, before coughing fits begin.
  • Antibiotic treatment can help prevent spreading the disease to close contacts (people who have spent a lot of time around the infected person) and is necessary for stopping the spread of pertussis.

5. What's the recommended vaccine dosage for all ages?
Everyone should make sure they are up to date with recommended pertussis vaccines (DTaP for infants/children and Tdap for adolescents/adults). If not sure, call your doctor to see what's best for you and your family.
  • No serious reactions have been associated with DTaP or Tdap and getting these vaccines is much safer than getting the dangerous kinds of diseases they prevent.
  • Infants and children are recommended to receive the childhood pertussis vaccine, or DTaP, at 2, 4, and 6 months of age. A fourth shot is given between 15 and 18 months of age, and a fifth shot is given when a child enters school, at 4–6 years of age.
  • To maximize protection, all 5 doses of DTaP are needed on time according to the recommended immunization schedule.
  • Since 2005, there has been an adolescent/adult pertussis booster vaccine (Tdap) that can be used for prevention and control of pertussis.
  • The protection received from DTaP, the childhood vaccine, fades over time. Adolescents and adults need Tdap, even if they were completely vaccinated with DTaP as children.
  • Pre-teens going to the doctor for their regular check-up at age 11 or 12 years should get a dose of Tdap.
  • Adults 19-64 years old who didn't get Tdap as a pre-teen or teen should get one dose of Tdap instead of their next Td booster.
  • The dose of Tdap can be given earlier than the 10-year mark since the last Td booster, so it's a good idea for adults to talk to a healthcare provider about what's best for their specific situation.
  • Getting vaccinated with Tdap is especially important for family members with and caregivers of new infants.

6. Is there a shortage of pertussis vaccine?
We are not aware of any shortage of the vaccine. If a particular vaccine distributor lacks pertussis vaccine, then a provider seeking vaccine should contact another distributor.

7. Why are doctors reluctant to vaccinate seniors against pertussis?
The pertussis vaccine is currently not licensed for adults ages 65 and older. However, off-label use of any medication by any physician is permitted. There is no reason to think vaccination of seniors would be harmful and there are ongoing studies to determine the efficacy of the vaccine among this population. Seniors should talk with their physician about getting a booster shot, especially is they are going to have contact with a young infant.

8. Why hasn't the pertussis vaccine eradicated the illness like polio?
Even with the success of pertussis vaccines, people continue to get pertussis in the US.
  • It will be difficult to eradicate pertussis since neither the vaccine or disease provides life-long immunity.
  • Since the 1980s, there's been an increase in the number of reported cases of pertussis, especially among teens (10–19 years of age) and babies younger than 6 months of age.
  • Multiple factors have likely contributed to the increase, including waning immunity from childhood pertussis vaccines, increased recognition, better diagnostic testing and increased reporting.
  • In 2008 there were more than 13,000 reported cases including 18 deaths from pertussis nationally.
  • Most deaths occur in babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated.
  • In 2005, the last peak year, there were more than 25,000 reported cases of pertussis. But, many cases of pertussis are not recognized or reported so this is likely a substantial underestimate.

10. Has the epidemic reached its peak?
It is too early to know. In past years California has seen pertussis peak during late summer or early fall. We're very concerned that this may also happen this year.

Pertussis occurs in a cyclical pattern, with the number of cases peaking every 3 to 5 years as people's immunity from the vaccine wears off and enough susceptible people are in the population to sustain transmission of the bacteria.

11. Why are we seeing such an increase?
The incidence of pertussis is cyclic with peaks occurring every two to five years as the number of susceptible people in the population increases. Factors leading to increase number of susceptibles include:
  • New birth cohorts.
  • Waning immunity to vaccine.
  • Waning immunity to natural disease.

12. What is the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) doing about it?
CDPH has implemented a number of interventions aimed at mitigating the effect of pertussis, particularly in young infants, including:
  • Dissemination of educational materials to local public health departments, hospitals, and healthcare providers, press releases to inform the public, and conducting statewide round-table meetings with ethnic media.
  • Dissemination of clinical guidance materials for healthcare providers;
  • Promotion of the infant cocooning strategy;
  • Implementation of a free postpartum tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) program for hospitals with Tdap immunization policies;
  • Initiation for a CDC investigation (Epi-Aid) into increased pertussis incidence in the Central Valley region of California;
  • Offering free Tdap vaccine to local health jurisdictions to increase Tdap immunization and community immunity levels;
  • Investigation of potential ways to reduce financial barriers to immunization with Tdap; and
  • Development of forthcoming recommendations about administration of Tdap vaccine to improve uptake.

13. Why are babies more susceptible?
Babies are susceptible until they have received 3 or more doses of pertussis vaccine by age 6 months. Children aren't fully protected until they receive 5 shots between infancy and 5 years of age.

Newborn infants are at highest risk of dying from pertussis because they are too young to be protected from vaccines. Therefore, all of those who are in close contact with young babies should be immunized against pertussis. Some hospitals are currently offering Tdap for mothers who have just delivered or other close contacts: This includes parents, siblings, caregivers, and health care professionals.

14. Is pertussis as serious for adults as for children and babies?
Pertussis is most severe for infants, who often catch the illness from a family member or other caregiver.
  • More than half of infants less than 1 year of age diagnosed with pertussis are hospitalized.
  • About 1 in 20 infants with pertussis get pneumonia (lung infection).
  • About 1 in 100 infants will have convulsions.
  • In rare cases, pertussis can be deadly, especially in infants less than 3 months of age. This is the age group we're most concerned about when it comes to pertussis.
  • Many infants who get pertussis are infected by older siblings, parents, or other caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.

15. What is the department’s recommendation to health care providers?
Providers should:
  • Make sure patients of all ages are up to date on pertussis-containing vaccines (see immunization schedules at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/default.htm).
  • Administer one dose of Tdap vaccine to all pregnant adolescents and women during each pregnancy (preferred during 27 through 36 weeks gestation) regardless of number of years from prior Td or Tdap vaccination.
  • Consider the diagnosis of pertussis in their patients and close contacts. The diagnosis of pertussis is often delayed or missed. In the youngest infants, atypical presentation is common – the cough may be minimal or absent and the primary symptom can be apnea.
  • Test for pertussis in their patients, using the correct tests (see http://bit.ly/PertussisTesting ).
  • Treat appropriately for pertussis. Because pertussis may progress rapidly in young infants, treat suspected and confirmed cases promptly.
  • Quickly report cases of pertussis to their local public health department to assist with prevention of additional cases.
  • Public health professionals can try to raise awareness among the community about pertussis vaccines, working with local immunization coalitions and other partners to maximize outreach.
  • Public health professionals should continue with pertussis surveillance and reporting.

16. What is CDPH's advice to the general public?
There is now a vaccine available for adults and adolescents that was not available prior to May 2005. All pregnant adolescents and women should receive Tdap during each pregnancy (preferred during 27 through 36 weeks gestation) regardless of number of years from prior Td or Tdap vaccination. Parents, family members and caregivers of infants should be vaccinated to provide a cocoon of protection around the infant. Neither vaccination nor illness from whooping cough provides lifetime immunity. The vaccine wears off by the time a child finishes middle school, so adolescents and adults need pertussis booster shots.
Contact Information
 
Assistant Director of Human Services: Amerjit Bhattal
Address: 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA  95993
Phone Number: (530) 822-7215
Fax Number: (530) 822-7223
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