Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Outbreak –Friday, August 27th, 2010
Did you know that we are currently in the midst of a terrible pertussis (also known as whooping cough) epidemic. In California, more than 2,700 cases have been reported so far this year — eight times last year’s number at this time. This year is on pace to be the worst breakout since 1958!
- There is a very effective vaccination for whooping cough and most of us received it when we were kids. But the vaccine wears off after a few years.
- Adults and adolescents often get pertussis without realizing it.
- Pertussis can occur at any age; however infants and young children, particularly those who are not immunized, are at the highest risk for severe disease and potentially life-threatening complications.
- Pertussis is spread through the air by infectious droplets and is highly contagious.
Please be sure your children are vaccinated and please ask your doctor about a booster for yourself.