Portland Medical Clinic to Provide Free Whooping Cough Shots

Aug. 14, 2014


  • WHAT: Coastal Bend residents can get free pertussis (Tdap) vaccinations at Portland Methodist Health Fair. The vaccination protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). It’s recommended for adults, children, and adolescents, especially if they have contact with newborns.

    The family health fair also will include sports physicals, back-to-school vaccinations, health screenings for people of all ages, and more.

  • WHEN: Aug. 16, 9 am to 3 pm 

  • WHERE: First United Methodist Church of Portland, 4545 Wildcat Dr., Portland, TX 78374 

  • WHO: Vaccinations provided by James Mobley, MD, and Medical Arts Clinic, along with First Methodist Church of Portland, San Patricio County Department of Public Health, Regional Health Awareness Board, San Patricio County, Nueces County, and City of Corpus Christi.


Babies cannot receive their first pertussis vaccine until they are 2 months old, and they are not fully protected from whooping cough until they receive multiple doses, usually when they are 15 to 18 months of age.

“We protect these babies, for whom whooping cough could be deadly, by vaccinating their parents and grandparents,” said Dr. Mobley. Vaccinating those who will be in close contact with newborns is called “cocooning,” as in wrapping the baby in a protective cocoon against the disease.

This vaccination event is supported by a grant from Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program. Be Wise — Immunize has awarded 26 Local Impact Grants totaling more than $40,000 since 2012 to help Texas communities provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured Texans. Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by the TMA Foundation, thanks to generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families. 

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.

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Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association. 

Contact: Pam Udall
phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807

Brent Annear
phone: (512) 370-1381
cell: (512) 656-7320

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