Whooping cough has come to Washington. State officials warn that disease is active and that babies and persons with high risk are vulnerable and need vaccination. The number of whooping cases in that area is more than 4,500 cases to date.
This epidemic had increased awareness on the serious of whooping cough. Whooping cough may interfere with breathing of infants as they may not get enough oxygen. Coughing spells are problem for older babies and kids. They will face difficulties to breathe, sleep, eat and drink.
New babies can’t get whooping cough vaccine until they’re two months old and aren’t fully protected until they’ve had 4 doses at 15-18 months. Adults should get a one time Tdap booster and kids should get their whooping cough vaccinations on schedule.
Washington state government will provide vaccines for kids through age 18 available from health care providers across the state. It could charge an office visit fee and a fee to give the vaccine. For those who can’t afford the fee can ask to have it waived.
Source :- KHQ.com
What is whooping cough
Whooping cough is an infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetell pertussis. It’s can be found by severe coughing spells, which can sometimes end in a ‘whooping’ sound when the person breathes in. It affects infants younger than 6 months old before they’re adequately protected by immunications and kids 11-18 years old whose immunity has started to fade.
Anyone can get whooping cough but commonly in children and infants.
Whooping Cough Signs and Symptoms
There’s common whooping cough symptoms such as sneezing, mild cough, runny nose and low grade fever.