Leading the Charge to a Healthier Chatham
Health Department Mission
To protect and promote the health and safety of Chatham County residents.
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Chatham County Experiencing Rise in Pertussis Cases
Over the last month, several cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been diagnosed in Chatham County. The majority of these cases have been among adolescents, though a few cases have been diagnosed in children under five years of age. The Chatham County Public Health Department and Chatham County Schools are working together to identify students who may have been exposed to pertussis.
Hundreds of cases of pertussis are reported each year in North Carolina. Pertussis is an infection that affects the airways and is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. It causes a severe cough that can last for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits or vomiting. Anyone can get pertussis, but it can be dangerous for infants and people with weakened immune systems. Family members with pertussis can spread it to newborns. Additional information about pertussis can be found on the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/.
The best protection against pertussis is vaccination. Families should make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date. Protection against pertussis from the childhood vaccine, DTaP, decreases over time. Older children and adults, including pregnant women, should get a pertussis booster shot called Tdap to protect themselves and infants around them. If you or your child needs the vaccine, contact your medical provider. Also, with the rise in cases of the flu and other contagious illnesses, it is especially important this time of year to practice good hygiene, including covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow and washing hands with soap.
For information about pertussis (whooping cough), please click here.
Sign up for the 10th Annual Reindeer Run/Walk
This year's Active Chatham Reindeer Run/Walk will take place December 13th in Pittsboro. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.chathamnc.org/reindeerrun
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Encuesta en la Comunidad
Online Health Department Client Feedback Form
Encuesta de Satisfacción del Cliente para el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Chatham
Layton Long, MSA, REHS