The California Department of Public Health is launching a public awareness campaign Monday about the new state law requiring children to get whooping cough booster shots.
State officials say they don’t want the health system to get slammed giving the pertussis booster vaccine right before school starts.
Dr. Ron Chapman is Director of the Department. He says we are in the middle of a pertussis outbreak. Last year, we had over 9,000 of cases of persussis in California, the highest number since 1947.
The Department estimates that more than one million children may not yet have gotten the booster shot. They’re concerned that families are off on summer break, and there is a lack of awareness.
The H1N1 pandemic in 2009 was the last time the department did such a push around an infectious disease.