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DHEC offering free whooping cough vaccinations across SC

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In an effort to assist parents in meeting new school requirements, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will offer free whooping cough vaccines at mass vaccination clinics across the state in August.

Beginning this school year, Tdap, the whooping cough vaccine booster, is a new school entry requirement for all incoming seventh graders. The free mass vaccination clinics are a great way for parents to make sure their children are ready for school.

“Tdap is a booster to the whooping cough vaccine given to infants, and protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis,” said Dr. Riyadh Muhammad, pediatrician and DHEC medical consultant. “Unfortunately, protection against these diseases fades with time, and by age 10, the effectiveness of the original vaccine can decrease, causing the child to be more susceptible to these diseases. This makes the Tdap/whooping cough vaccine an important step in keeping children healthy.”

Vaccinations will be available for everyone, at a clinic location in every county.  Lowcountry clinics will be held at the following locations and dates:

BERKELEY CO.: August 17th

  • Goose Creek Health Department
  • 106 Westview Drive
  • Goose Creek, SC 29445 8/17/2013
  • 9am - 4:15pm
  • (843) 953-0090 or
  • 1-888-553-6844
  • Moncks Corner Health Department
  • 109 West Main Street
  • Moncks Corner, SC 29461

DORCHESTER CO.: August 17th

  • Summerville Health Department
  • 500 North Main Street
  • Summerville, SC 29483
  • 9am - 4:15pm

CHARLESTON CO.: August 10th

  • Citadel Mall
  • 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
  • # 200
  • Charleston, SC 29407
  • 10-4PM

BEAUFORT CO.: August 10th

  • Beaufort Health Department
  • 601 Wilmington Street
  • Beaufort, SC 29902
  • 9am – 4:15pm
  • (843) 953-0090 or
  • 1-888-553-6844

COLLETON CO.: August 17th

  • Colleton Health Department
  • 219 S. Lemacks Street
  • Walterboro, SC 29488
  • 9am – 4:15pm
  • (843) 953-0090 or
  • 1-888-553-6844

GEORGETOWN CO.: August 7th

  • Georgetown Health Department
  • 531 Lafayette Circle
  • Georgetown, SC 29440
  • 1pm – 6:30pm
  • 1-866-411-5767

ORANGEBURG CO.: August 10th, 17th

  • Holly Hill Health Center – August 17th
  • 932 Holly Street
  • Holly Hill, SC 29059
  • 9:00am – 4:15pm
  • (843) 953-0090 or
  • 1-888-553-6844
  • Orangeburg Health Department – August 10th
  • 1550 Carolina Avenue
  • Orangeburg, SC 29115
  • 9:00am – 4:15pm
  • (843) 953-0090 or
  • 1-888-553-6844

WILLIAMSBURG CO.: August 1st

  • Williamsburg Health Department
  • 520 Thurgood Marshall Blvd
  • Suite A
  • Kingstree, SC 29556
  • 1:00pm – 6:30pm
  • 1-866-411-5767

In addition to the requirement on rising seventh graders, the Tdap shot is recommended for:

  • Children ages 11 and up
  • Individuals who spend time around babies less than 12 months old
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone who has not had a tetanus or Tdap booster in the last 10 years

Guidelines for Tdap can be found here.

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