Editor's note: The following is an announcement from Dakota County Public Health.
Pertussis (whooping cough) is on the rise across Minnesota, including in Dakota County. Pertussis can affect anyone, but it can be much more serious in infants.
Pertussis is spread through the air by coughing and now that children have returned to school, it is important that children and parents are up-to-date on their immunizations. Flu vaccinations are also available to help protect children and adults from the seasonal flu.
Dakota County Public Health provides reduced-fee immunizations, including pertussis vaccination, for children who are eligible for Minnesota Vaccines for Children (MnVFC) vaccine.
There is a $14.00 administration fee, but eligible children will be immunized even if unable to pay the fee. Children who have private insurance that covers immunizations are not eligible for MnVFC vaccine and should contact their private medical provider.
Some vaccines, including the adult pertussis booster, are available for adults 19 and older.
MnVFC Eligibility Guidelines:
- Children (18 years of age and younger) who do not have health insurance
- Children on a Minnesota Health Care Program (MA, MnCare, or PMAP - please bring your medical card)
- Children who are American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Children who have health insurance that does not cover vaccinations
- Thursday, Nov. 15, walk-in from 4-5:45 p.m. (Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W., Suite 410, West St. Paul)
- Tuesday, Nov. 20, walk-in from 4-6:30 p.m. (Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley)
- Tuesday, Nov. 27, by appointment only (Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Suite 286, Apple Valley)
Immunizations given at public clinics should not be substituted for routine well-child visits. Minors under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Bring all immunization records with you to the clinic. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. For more information, call the Immunization Hotline at 952-891-7999.