Pertussis: Something You Catch on the Oregon Trail?


Every September or October I go to the doctor.  I am always surprised when the doctor asks, Do you want to get your flu shot while you’re here?

This year I was ready!  I remembered that the doctor was going to ask and I had a definitive answer instead of my usual wishy-washy, Um, I guess, maybe?

After asking about the flu shot the doctor asked if I wanted a Tdap booster.  What the what is Tdap?

Tdap = Tetanus, Diptheria & Pertussis

I immediately had a flashback to my middle school years, sitting in the computer lab playing Oregon Trail on an Macintosh and having to flip the floppy disk over halfway through the game.  Who’s with me?

Since I don’t want to die Oregon Trail-style, I agreed to the shot.  But, since I am a librarian, I decided to do some research on good old Tdap today.

Thanks to the Health & Wellness Resource Center I now know

 In 2011, more than 15,000 cases were reported nationwide. A 2012 outbreak in Washington has affected more than 2,500 people, and the disease has killed at least eight infants this year, according to CDC officials.

No matter how you feel about vaccines, Health & Wellness Resource Center is a great place to learn more about your doctor’s recommendations.

Kelly – CLP