Pertussis Outbreak Rescinded - Yellowknife and the Tłı̨chǫ Regions

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YELLOWKNIFE 26 May 2020 - The Chief Public Health Officer has rescinded the Pertussis outbreak declared on January 15, 2020. At this time no new cases have been identified and more than two full incubation periods (42 days) have occurred without additional cases.

Although this outbreak is over, we still have work to do. Residents can protect their loved ones from pertussis by getting vaccinated. 

The pertussis-containing vaccine is safe and effective. Since the immunity from the pertussis vaccine may fade over time, an adolescent booster dose is offered in grade 7 and every 10 years as an adult. 

Pregnant women should get a pertussis-containing vaccine between 27-32 weeks of their pregnancy, regardless of their last dose. This will help prevent spreading pertussis to their baby once the baby is born.

The vaccine is free of charge and is part of the routine Immunization Schedule.
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Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories