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Video: 'Sounds of Pertussis' Campaign Urges Adults to Take Action During National Immunization Awareness Month
Date:8/20/2009

nd giving the disease to your own child shouldn't be one of them. That's why I felt it was so important to be part of this campaign," said Jennifer Lopez. "If you're around infants, you should talk to your health-care provider to make sure you've gotten a Tdap booster." Earlier this year, actress, singer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother Jennifer Lopez lent her voice to the "Sounds of Pertussis" campaign by appearing in a series of television and radio public service announcements (PSAs) available in both English and Spanish. The PSAs encourage anyone who is, or will be, in close contact with a young infant to get vaccinated against pertussis.

"We're very pleased to be working on a campaign that continues the March of Dimes' tradition of championing the health of all babies," said Alan R. Fleischman, M.D., senior vice president and medical director for the March of Dimes. "By vaccinating themselves against pertussis, parents are taking one of the most important steps they can to help protect themselves and their infants from a disease that has been on the rise for the past decade."

Pertussis Awareness Day Activities

Throughout the day on August 20, 2009, guests are invited to visit the "Sounds of Pertussis" exhibit at Military Island in Times Square (between 43rd and 44th Streets on Broadway). The exhibit will include large screen TVs featuring the Jennifer Lopez PSAs, a pertussis "transmission toss" game, and information about pertussis and adult vaccination. In addition, a costumed mascot in the form of a giant replica of the Bordetella pertussis bacterium will be present. Supporters of the cause can visit the newly launched "Sounds of Pertussis" Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/soundsofpertussis) featuring educational information about pertussis and a message from Jennifer Lopez with a c
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