Whooping Cough Concerns
(STLMoms) – An outbreak of Whooping Cough in Madison County has health officials on alert. There have been 14 cases in the past month with eight just this past Friday and Monday.
Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann with St. Louis Children’s Hospital talks about what parents need to know. Learn more at St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s website.
WHAT ARE SOME SYMPTOMS?
-Initial symptoms usually resemble those of a cold, with a runny nose, fever and mild cough
-With whooping cough, the cough remains after two weeks, and may last up to six weeks
-Whooping cough has a trademark ‘whoop’ after the cough, heard when the person is trying to catch their breath
WHO IS AFFECTED BY THIS WE KNOW A MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE STUDENT WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED IN EDWARDSVILLE?
-Infants under 5 months are most at risk for serious complication an death
-Children 10 – 19 years are at high risk for infection
THERE IS A VACCINE FOR THIS SO WHY DO YOU THINK WE’RE SEEING AN OUTBREAK?
-Adolescents and adults are most likely ‘carriers’ (vaccine has worn off, so they`re most frequently the source of infection)
WHO NEEDS TO BE VACCINATE?
-Pertussis is a vaccine-preventable illness. The CDC recommends that children receive five DTaP shots for maximum protection against pertussis. A DTaP shot is a combination vaccine that protects against three diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.