Tuesday January 24, 2012

Aboriginal Health

Pertussis Problem 

Stó:lō offers free Whooping Cough vaccinations

Submitted by Rebecca Middleton, Stó:lō


s you may have heard, pertussis (whooping cough) has surfaced in the Fraser Valley, including Chilliwack. Stó:lō Nation Health Services (as well as the Chilliwack Health Unit via Fraser Health) will be hosting free vaccination clinics.


Pertussis (whooping cough) causes very severe coughing that may last for months. Whooping cough is very contagious and can be a severe illness in those without proper immunizations. Whooping cough spreads easily through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or laughs. After the bacteria infect someone, symptoms appear about 7 to 14 days later. You may not know that you have the infection and can spread it during this time.


Early symptoms are like a cold (sneezing, runny nose, a low fever and a mild cough). But over the next week or two, the cough gets worse leading to longer coughing spells that often end with a “whoop” or crowing sound when the person breathes in. The coughing may be so bad that it makes a person gag or throw up. Sometimes a thick, clear mucous is spit out. The cough can last up to a month or two, and happens more at night.

Stó:lō Nation Health Services clinics are as follows:

Pertussis Vaccination Clinic Dates

  • Skway Band office - Jan. 23 2-4pm

  • Leq’a:mel First Nation - Jan. 24 10am-4pm

  • Stó:lō Nation Health Services - Jan. 24 9am-4pm

  • Squiala Band office - Jan. 25 2-4pm

  • Stó:lō Nation Health Services - Jan. 31 10am-4pm

  • Squiala Longhouse - Feb. 3 5-8pm

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