Starting today, the Wilkes County Health Department is offering throughout the month FREE TDAP (Whooping cough) CLINICS. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is urging parents to immunize their children and other adult family members against infectious diseases such as pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, which continues to be on the rise across the country. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread from person to person, and Pertussis or Whooping Cough can be fatal; it is a serious disease for infants less than one year of age, and for children with a decreased immune system. Health Departments are seeking anyone 16 years and older who have not had a Tdap vaccine to come in for a vaccine. There are 4 FREE Tdap clinics planned through the end of the month. Today, August 21, 2012 at North Wilkes High - Media Center; Thursday, August 23, 2012 at West Wilkes High - Media Center; August 28, 2012 at East Wilkes High - Old Gym; and August 30, 2012 at Wilkes Central High - Old Gym. Tdap clinics will be conducted for the PUBLIC from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at each school location. Again the age group targeted: 16 and above.