Whooping cough - Everyone's responsibility
Be sure you and your family are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations, including boosters.
What is Whooping Cough (Pertussis)?
- Pertussis is a contagious respiratory infection caused by a bacterium
- Initial symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, and mild cough, which may seem like a typical cold.
- Usually, the cough slowly becomes more severe, and eventually the patient may experience bouts of rapid, violent coughing followed by the "whooping" sound that gives the disease its common name.
- Whooping cough can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening complications, permanent disability, and even death, especially in infants and young children. See CDC Whooping Cough Fact Sheet For Parents
Babies are at higher risk for severe cases
- They have smaller airways and less developed respiratory systems
- They're not optimally covered until completing the vaccine series at 18 months
Create a circle of protection around babies
- All adults who are around infants should receive a pertussis booster-Parents & grandparents, childcare workers, siblings
- Protection diminishes over time so get a booster!
Whooping cough rates in the US have been increasing since the 1980's. Be sure ALL of your vaccinations are up to date! Contact Packard Health.