2 min. readlast update: 10.18.2023


You’re receiving this notice because you are considered unvaccinated for pertussis, based on reported vaccination status or refusal to report vaccination status. Though not mandatory, Grand Valley encourages you to do your part in helping to keep our community safe by receiving the recommended vaccines.  

The bacteria that cause whooping cough (Pertussis) spreads easily from person to person through the air. When a person who has whooping cough sneezes or coughs, they can release small particles with the bacteria in them. Other people then breathe in the bacteria. It also spreads when people spend a lot of time together or share breathing space. 

Whooping cough (pertussis) can cause serious illness in people of all ages but is most dangerous for babies. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against pertussis. Make sure you are up to date with your whooping cough vaccines. 

Tdap vaccine can prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. For more information visit: The CDC's Vaccine Statement page 

The locations listed below are potential resources for obtaining the vaccines. The list is not all inclusive, nor is it intended to direct care to any specific provider or location. 

  •  Your family health care provider 
  •  GVSU 
    • Campus Health Center 
    • GVSU Family Health Center 
  •  Local Health Departments 
    • Ottawa County Health Department 
    • Kent County Health Department 
  •  Local Pharmacies 
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