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Shingles and Tdap vaccines at Putnam Centennial Center July 19

July 1, 2017

The Kittitas County Public Health Department is offering free shingles and Tdap vaccines from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 19 at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum, according to a news release. No appointment is necessary.

The vaccines are free for adults without insurance, or if the insurance requires a co-pay. An administration fee of $23 can be reduced or waived based on income.

Shingles is a painful rash that develops on one side of the body caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox. If a person has had chicken pox in the past, the virus is still inside them, and can cause shingles later.

Tdap stands for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, and all adults should get booster shots every 10 years. The federal Center for Disease Control recommends anyone in contact with newborns should be vaccinated against pertussis, which is also known as whooping cough.

For more information about the free vaccination clinic, call the health department at 509-962-7515, or visit www.co.kittitas.wa.us/health. Appointments can be made at the health department in Ellensburg for those that can’t make the July 19 date in Cle Elum.