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    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    645 Parfet Street
    Lakewood, CO 80215

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    Lakewood Clinic

    645 Parfet Street Lakewood, CO 80215
    Fax: 303-239-7088

    WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) in Arvada

    5150 Allison Street Arvada, CO 80002
    Fax: 303-275-7503

    WIC in Wheat Ridge

    7495 W. 29th Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
    Fax: 303-239-9592

    WIC in Lakewood - 645 Parfet Street, 80215

    email: kharris@jeffco.us
    Fax: 303-239-7023

  • Pertussis (or Whooping Cough)


    Pertussis (or whooping cough) is a highly contagious, vaccine preventable disease marked by severe coughing spells. It is named after the "whoop" sound View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. children and adults make when they try to breathe in during or after a severe coughing spell.

    Pertussis is caused by a bacteria (bordetella pertussis) that is found in the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person, and is spread through close contact when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs.


    Whooping cough usually starts with cold or flu-like symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, fever and a mild cough. These symptoms can last up to two weeks and are followed by increasingly severe coughing spells. Fever, if present, is usually mild.

    How it is Spread

    Whooping cough is caused by a bacteria that is found in the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person and is spread through close contact with discharges from the respiratory tract of infected persons, i.e. when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs. Older children and adults commonly spread the disease to infants for whom it can be particularly dangerous and even fatal.

    Vaccine Preventable

    There are  new Tdap booster vaccines (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) that protect older children and adults from pertussis!

    • Ask your healthcare provider about them or call the JCPH Immunization Program at 303-232-6301.


    Controlling Spread

    Infected family members can spread pertussis throughout the household. If a family member has been diagnosed with pertussis, it is important to discuss with your healthcare provider who may have been exposed and who might benefit from antibiotic therapy to prevent further spread.

    How To Prevent Pertussis

    The best prevention is immunization. Until recently, the only vaccine for pertussis, DTaP (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) was for infants and children aged 6 and under However, due to waning immunity, two new booster vaccines became available in the summer of 2005:

    • BOOSTRIX for those 10 through 64 years of age.
    • and ADACEL for those 11 through 64 years of age.


    The pertussis booster is administered as a combination vaccine called Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis). The new Tdap vaccines are recommended to replace the tetanus diphtheria (Td) vaccine. Current recommendations are a one-time dose. Everyone should consider getting vaccinated against pertussis.

    Healthy habits, such as washing hands regularly, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth and staying home when ill help to prevent the spread of pertussis and other respiratory illnesses.

    Resources and More Information

    For more information on pertussis in Jefferson County and efforts to reduce incidence and spread, please contact JCPH Communicable Disease Control at 303-232-6301.

    Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pertussis page View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. for more information.

    See our Immunizations page for information on vaccines available.

    To make an appointment for immunizations at Lakewood clinic, please call 303-232-6301. Our Lakewood office is located at 645 Parfet Street, Lakewood, CO 80215.

    Last Updated: 5-5-2014