[MMA News Now, July 10, 2014]
A campaign designed to eliminate whooping cough in the St. Cloud area appears to be working well, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Central Minnesota Community Immunization Campaign (CMCIC) kicked off in May 2013 with the goal of eliminating whooping cough by promoting awareness of vaccinations in Stearns and Benton counties.
In 2012, there were 165 cases of pertussis in those counties. In 2013, the number decreased nearly 50 percent to 84 cases.
A St. Cloud Walgreen’s reported an increase of vaccinations by 254 percent from the November prior to the campaign to the November after the launch. The Stearns Benton Medical Society helped fund nearly 20 percent of those vaccinations.
The campaign is a collaboration of several St. Cloud area community partners brought together by the Stearns Benton Medical Society.