Who are the Centers for Disease Control turning to when it comes to fighting pertussis (more commonly known as whooping cough) outbreaks in more than a dozen states? They are turning to “pharmacists and community vaccinators” because they recognize the key role that these health care professionals play when it comes to getting the general population inoculated against this vaccine-preventable disease. They have asked the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to help raise awareness about how important it is for certain segments of the population to be vaccinated.

An article which appeared on DrugStoreNews.com states that:

The CDC is reporting a three-fold increase in pertussis rates in more than a dozen states. Pharmacists can administer the Tdap vaccine — which protects against pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, and diphtheria in adults — in 43 states, including Minnesota, Washington state and Wisconsin.

The CDC is recommending that adults who come into close contact with young infants — parents, grandparents, caretakers and other adults — receive a dose of the vaccine, known as Tdap, at least two weeks prior to contact. The vaccination will help protect newborns, infants and school-aged children against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The CDC also recommends that pregnant women receive the vaccination after 20 weeks of pregnancy and to receive the influenza vaccine anytime during pregnancy.

Read more: NACDS: Pharmacists as vaccinators are key in battle against whooping cough