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Vaccine offered at Vt. Farm Show

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It was more than just the latest in farm goods that had folks rolling up their sleeves at this year Vermont Farm Show.

Wednesday afternoon, a team with the Vermont Department of Health was on site to offer the combined tetanus and whooping cough vaccine. The department says the daylong effort was designed to help tackle the outbreak of whooping cough that's been plaguing Vermont and the rest of the nation.

"Older folks can get pertussis but they don't get it as seriously as young children do but they also can spread it to young children and babies," said Janet Wiatrowski of the Vermont Health Department.

A team from Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington was also on hand at the Champlain Expo Center talking about good health. Staffers spent the day offering free blood pressure and blood sugar testing, as well as speaking with folks about the warning signs and dangers of strokes.

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