Top story in the news recently: This year’s surge in whooping cough cases is a four-fold increase from the same period last year statewide. A typical case starts with a cough and runny nose for one to two weeks, followed by weeks or months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with ‘whooping’ sound. For further education visit: www.whyichoose.org
Additional information from Almaden Pediatrics: Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Update
1. All children should receive 4 shots for whooping cough (the P in DTaP) by 18 months of age, and a booster prior to kindergarten. If your child is between the ages of 2 years and 10 years and has received all his/her vaccines, then they are considered fully immunized.
2. For our patients who have chosen to delay immunization, we highly recommend that you bring your child to our office ASAP to receive any overdue vaccines.
3. A whooping cough booster is available for adults between the ages of 11-64 yrs. We highly recommend that all parents, caregivers, and close family contacts of children and particularly infants receive a whooping cough booster. If you are unable to get it from your doctor we can provide it for you in our office.
4. The whooping cough vaccine does not provide 100% protection from whooping cough. Therefore, in order to achieve the highest protection possible for all, it is important that all eligible people in the community become immunized.
For more information regarding whooping cough you can visit doitforyourbaby.com or visit the CDC website.