BELLINGHAM - Free whooping cough vaccinations will be offered to older children and adults Friday,May 11,in an effort to curb the state's worst epidemic of the disease in decades. The one-day immunization drive,organized by the Whatcom County Health Department and student nurses at Bellingham Technical College,is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bellis Fair mall,in the community room near JCPenney.
Those eligible for the free shot are adults 19 and older who have contact with children and are uninsured or underinsured,and children ages 11 to 18 who are accompanied by a parent.
There have been more than 100 cases of whooping cough,or pertussis,in the county so far this year,including nine infants. This time last year,the county had 11 cases.