The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has reported the first infant death attributable to pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. The child, who was only two months old, was from Forsyth County. Whooping cough continues to spread throughout the state and country, and state health officials strongly urge parents to take these immediate steps to protect their children and other loved ones. With that in mind, the Wilkes County Health Department is offering FREE TDAP (Whooping cough) CLINICS at area high schools including one today at East Wilkes. Debbie Nicholson of the Wilkes Health Dept says pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease spread from person to person, and can be fatal. There are 2 FREE Tdap clinics this week. Today at East Wilkes High - Old Gym; and Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Wilkes Central High - Old Gym. Tdap clinics will also be conducted for the PUBLIC on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at each school location. If you have questions about Whooping Cough or the TDap vaccine you may call the Wilkes Health Dept at 651-7450. The TDap vaccine is also available at the health department.