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Forum to explain pertussis, vaccines

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By Kelly Richardson

By KELLY RICHARDSON

krichardson@thenewsenterprise.com

HARDIN COUNTY — Community members can learn more about whooping cough and its vaccine, and receive immunization at a Thursday night forum.

The Lincoln Trail District Health Department is holding a community forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Pritchard Community Center. Two local pediatricians and the chief of the state division of epidemiology are scheduled to speak and will be available to answer questions.

The Hardin County Health Department will offer vaccines for pertussis, or whooping cough, for adolescents and adults ages 10 to 65 for $35, which is about $50 less than the usual price.

Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, chief of the state division of epidemiology, will give an overview of pertussis, said Wendy Keown, director of outreach services at Lincoln Trail District Health Department.

Drs. Marquita Ball and Linnea Smith will give information about the vaccine, Keown said.

There are 25 confirmed pertussis cases in Hardin County as of Monday afternoon, and the health department is waiting on results of more lab tests. Most cases are in children who attend St. James School, Heartland Elementary, Elizabethtown Christian Academy, Morningside Elementary, Bluegrass Middle School or Rineyville Elementary School.

Keown said the number of new confirmed cases seems to be slowing, but she doesn’t think the health department has seen the end of them.

“I don’t think it’s over,” she said.

Anyone with questions can call Lincoln Trail Health Department at (270) 769-1601.

Kelly Richardson can be

reached at (270) 505-1747.