Whooping Cough Pertussis


Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Once considered a childhood disease that was on the decline, whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has made a serious comeback. Health officials are saying there may be more cases in 2012 than we’ve had in this country in the last 50 years.  More than twice the number of cases have been reported this year than at the same point last year.

According to the CDC, Pertussis is highly contagious, caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which can make it hard to breathe.  After coughing repeatedly, someone with pertussis may need to take deep breaths which can make a “whooping sound”.

Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children, but it can affect older people as well, especially those who have never been immunized, or never received a booster vaccination.  Vaccinations received as children can wear off.  In adults, whooping cough can cause coughing lasting for months and may cause broken ribs.

A one-time whooping cough booster is recommended for all adults, especially those who are around children.

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For more information on getting your pertussis vaccination from MediNurse, give us a call at 314.781.2800 or email us.

More news and information:

Sounds of Pertussis

What You Need to Know (CDC)

Map of Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks, national and global (from Council on Foreign Relations)

Pertussis vaccination information sheet (CDC)

Summary of vaccine recommendations by age (CDC)

"Resurgence of Whooping Cough has experts alarmed" (STLToday story)

"CDC: Whooping Cough Epidemic Worst in 50 Years" (NBC News story)

"Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise" (CBS/KMOX story)


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