Whooping cough is on the rise. Although whooping cough, or pertussis, can be treated after an outbreak, it is healthier for individuals and the community to stop the disease before it spreads.
The symptoms of whooping cough – the characteristic “whoop,” uncontrollable coughing, reddening face and vomiting – are much more severe for young children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis series of vaccines for children, as well as boosters for preteens and adults.
“Getting vaccinated against pertussis is still the best way to prevent an outbreak, especially for young children,” says Heather K. Dodson, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It is imperative to protect children against this painful – and potentially deadly – disease.”
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