There's nothing scarier than putting children at risk for serious illness.

That's why the York City Bureau of Health will help protect city residents against preventable diseases this Halloween.

The bureau will hold a special immunization clinic for York City residents from 8:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at its 435 W. Philadelphia St. location. The clinic will allow eligible residents to get their Tdap vaccines updated.

The vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The latter disease, also known as whooping cough, can be life-threatening to infants.

So it's very important that people who are around young babies be immunized against this disease, according to a news release from the bureau.

"By doing so, you are 'cocooning' your infant so that they will be protected from pertussis while they are still too young to be fully immunized themselves," the release states.

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In order to be eligible for free Tdap immunizations, York City residents must be 19 or older. They must also be uninsured or underinsured, which means their insurance does not cover the vaccine.

To schedule an appointment for the vaccine, call the York City Bureau of Health at 717-815-0910.