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Oregon Adult Immunization Project Partnering with Child Care Partners

March 7, 2013

Child Care Partners is pleased to be able to partner with the local health departments through the Oregon Adult Immunization Project 2012-2013.  Thanks to this project, nurses affiliated with local health departments are coming to Child Care Partners’ trainings to provide information, education and access to immunizations.  The goal of the project is to create awareness of the need for adult immunization; specifically for influenza and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and to raise the rate of adult immunization by 10%.

A nurse will be available before Child Care Partners’ trainings  to give vaccinations to anyone who is interested.  Providers will need to bring a copy of the front and back of their insurance card, if they are insured.  This is important, as the project can only provide “uninsured” vaccine for people who are truly uninsured. For those who are uninsured the vaccine is free. The health department will send a bill for $15 for administration, but this fee can be waived if the recipient contacts the health department and tells them they cannot afford to pay it. You will need to check with your healthcare provider about your Tdap status.

 Fast facts:

  • Pertussis is highly contagious, it is a bacteria that affects the respiratory system, symptoms begin 5-21 days after exposure
  • People of any age can get pertussis, it is especially serious for infants and the elderly; children and adults with pertussis may not be aware they have it and thus can spread it to vulnerable people
  • Pertussis can cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, broken ribs, and death
  • Washington is currently experiencing an epidemic and Oregon has had nearly 1000 cases this year already
  • The best way to prevent pertussis is vaccination
  • The vaccine is very safe
  • The current recommendation is for every adult to receive one dose of Tdap
  • Vaccination is not only safe for pregnant women it is recommended they receive it during the third trimester
  • Possible side effects from vaccination include pain, redness, swelling an injection site (this occurs in 2/3 of adults), mild fever, headache, fatigue diarrhea, vomiting (these are uncommon)
  • You do not need to wait 10 years since your last tetanus shot to receive Tdap.

If you have any questions about this project contact:

Lindy McCasland, RN

Oregon Adult Immunization Project