Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Outbreak in Fort Simpson and Jean Marie River - RESCINDED

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NORTHWEST TERRITORIES - (March 1, 2021) – The Chief Public Health Officer has rescinded the Pertussis outbreak declared in the Dehcho region January 13, 2021.

At this time no new cases were identified since the January 16th confirmed cases in Jean Marie River and Fort Simpson.

February 27th is identified as the end of the outbreak as two full incubation periods have occurred with no additional cases.

Although the outbreak is over, residents should still protect themselves and their loved ones from pertussis by getting vaccinated.

The pertussis-containing vaccine is safe and effective, although 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 booster in pregnancy protects the newborn by protecting their mother in pregnancy.

The vaccine is free of charge and is part of the routine NWT Immunization Schedule.

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If you are not sure if you or your child is immunized, book an appointment with your public health unit or local community health centre.



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