NEWPORT — Lincoln County Health & Human Services is seeing an increased number of confirmed pertussis, or “whooping cough,” cases spanning Lincoln County. Pertussis is a highly infectious disease that passes from person to person via direct contact and from an infectious person coughing and sneezing.
Pertussis can be life-threatening to babies. It is important to know that within the first 6 months of life, some babies exposed to pertussis may not cough at all; instead, they stop breathing and turn blue. Complications that can happen from pertussis infection for babies are hospitalization, pneumonia, brain damage and death. Adolescents and adults who contract pertussis often will have a violent, persistent cough that lasts for months and may have complications.
People who are infected with pertussis are the most infectious one week before any symptoms occur and for two weeks after the cough begins. The bacteria that causes pertussis can remain on surfaces for two to three days after an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.
You can receive vaccinations for pertussis and other diseases from your primary care provider, pharmacies or Lincoln County Public Health. Lincoln County Health & Human Services provides vaccines at these locations:
Lincoln Community Health Centers
Newport: 1010 SW Coast Hwy Suite 203, Newport OR 541-265-4947
Lincoln City: 4422 NE Devil’s Lake Road Suite 2, Lincoln City, OR 541-265-4947
Lincoln County Public Health
Nye Clinic: 36 SW Nye St., Newport OR 541-265-0587
School Based Health Centers (when school starts)
Newport High School: 541-265-0472
Taft High School: 541-265-0474
Toledo High School: 541-265-0473
Waldport High School: 541-265-0471
— Lincoln County Public Health