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      DHEC offering free whooping cough vaccinations

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - South Carolina's public health agency is offering free whooping cough vaccinations at clinics statewide next month.

      The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Tuesday the vaccinations are required for all rising seventh graders starting this school year. They will be offered free at clinics in every county.

      The vaccine is a booster to the whooping cough vaccine given to infants. It protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. The vaccine's protection can diminish by the time children are 10.

      The vaccine is recommended for children older than 10, anyone who spends time around infants less than a year old, and pregnant women. It's also recommended for anyone who hasn't received a tetanus shot or the booster in 10 years.

      Clinics in the Lowcountry will be held at the following locations.

      Citadel Mall10 a.m. -{}4 p.m.2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. # 200, Charleston, SC 29407

      Colleton Health Department9 a.m. -{}4:15 p.m.219 S. Lemacks Street, Walterboro, SC 29488

      Georgetown Health Department1 p.m. -{}6:30 p.m.531 Lafayette Circle, Georgetown, SC 29440

      Goose Creek Health Department9 a.m. -{}4:15 p.m.106 Westview Drive, Goose Creek, SC 29445

      Moncks Corner Health Department9 a.m. -{}4:15 p.m.109 West Main Street, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

      Mount Pleasant Health Department9 a.m. -{}4:15 p.m.1189 Sweetgrass Basket Parkway Suite 100, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

      Summerville Health Department9 a.m. -{}4:15 p.m.500 North Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483

      Schedule for free clinics statewide: http://www.scdhec.gov/health/disease/immunization/tdap_clinics.htm

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