Tackling whooping cough before school starts

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Starting this week Fresno Unified will open a mobile health unit followed by immunization clinics. Nurses will focus on giving the pertussis or whooping cough vaccine.

Since this spring Fresno County has seen 428 possible cases and one infant death related to the illness.

New findings show the vaccine only lasts for five to 10 years so now there is a push to give booster shots to middle and high school students. School officials will also monitor sick students.

Fresno Unified's mobile health van will be out at Manchester Center this week starting at 8:30 in the morning.

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Fresno Unified is preparing for the first day of school on Monday, August 16. To assist families with immunizations and physicals necessary for registration, the Mobile Health Unit will be at Manchester Center on the following dates from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.:

August 10, 11 & 13
August 16-20

Taking care of immunizations now will ensure there will be no delays from starting school on August 16, and are important for good health.

For physical examinations for students starting kindergarten and information on the Healthy Smiles Dental Van, parents are asked to call 248-7382. The district will offer immunization clinics at the Millbrook Academy at Millbrook and Shields avenues, every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning August 13.

For families who have not registered for this school year all schools will host an evening registration night on Tuesday, August 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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