Infants are most at-risk for severe, life-threatening complications from pertussis (or whooping cough) because they are too young to be vaccinated. Adults who come in contact with an infant 12 months or younger can be protected from pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria with the Tdap vaccine - which means babies stay healthy and safe.
A free, drop-in clinic on the second Monday of every month vaccinates anyone in close contact with a baby 12 months or younger - grandparents, babysitters, spouses and significant others, aunts and uncles, and friends of the family. Women who are pregnant can also get a vaccine to protect their newborn.
For more information visit the Lowell General Hospital website, or call the Community Health and Wellness Department at 978-788-7224.