CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire health officials used an emergency preparedness exercise to vaccinate hundreds in the North Country against whooping cough.
State health officials teamed up with northern colleagues to vaccinate 314 adults over the course of 3 days. The vaccine recipients were chosen because they are parents, grandparents and caregivers of infants who are particularly at risk.
Health officials say whooping cough is on the rise in the state. There were 252 cases reported in 2012, compared to 171 in 2011 and 22 in 2010.
By combining the vaccine clinics with the emergency preparedness exercise, participants were able to practice providing vaccines on a large scale while providing a service to the community, health officials said.
The residents were given the Tdap form of the vaccine at five different locations.
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