VACCINATION RECOMMENDATIONS The CDC recommends pertussis (also called whooping cough) vaccines for people of all ages. Babies and children should get five doses of DTaP for maximum protection. DTaP is a vaccine that helps children younger than age 7 develop immunity to three deadly diseases caused by bacteria: diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis).Health care professionals give a dose of DTaP at 2, 4 and 6 months, at 15 through 18 months, and again at 4 through 6 years. They give children a booster dose known as Tdap to preteens at 11 or 12 years old.Teens or adults who didn’t get Tdap as a preteen should get one dose. Getting Tdap is especially important for pregnant women during the third trimester of each pregnancy. It’s also important that those who care for babies are up-to-date with pertussis vaccination.You can get the Tdap booster dose no matter when you got your last regular tetanus and diphtheria booster shot (Td). Also, you need to get Tdap even if … [Read more...] about Whooping cough is making a comeback
Infant whooping cough deaths
By HELEN OLIVIEROThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution September 10. 2018 8:41PM Desmond Sewell, 12, receives his vaccinations, including for TDAP against pertussis, or whooping cough, from Medical Assistant Jessica Reyes at the Lou Colen Children's Health and Wellness Center in Los Angeles. (LOS ANGELES TIMES) After a week with a dry cough, 16-year-old Ian McCracken started experiencing middle-of-the-night coughing fits so severe, he couldn’t talk. He returned home from his first trip to the urgent care clinic in mid-July with an inhaler and a five-day course of steroids.The coughing fits didn’t abate, and after a few days, Ian jumped out of bed and got his mom’s attention by clapping his hands, unable to get any words out. The Decatur, Ga., teenager gasped for air, tears running down his face.His mother, Karen Andes, took her son to another doctor, who suggested Ian may have reflux.But a combination of Andes’ medical background (she’s an assistant … [Read more...] about Why whooping cough is making a comeback in U.S.
Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is on the rise this year in Alameda County, according to public health officials. A hundred and eighty cases have been reported since January, more than four times the number of reported cases during the same time period last year. Alameda County public health officials say this increase could indicate another epidemic year for the highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by severe coughing. Marin County is the only other Bay Area county that has seen a similar percentage increase, though the cases are declining again. Statewide numbers have remained stable this year, according to the California Department of Public Health. Pertussis peaks cyclically, with surges occurring every three to five years. The most recent epidemic occurred in 2014, with more than 11,209 cases reported across California. “We’ve been anticipating this,” said Dr. Erica Pan, director of Alameda County’s Division of Communicable … [Read more...] about Whooping cough cases on the rise in Alameda County
(Lancaster) -- A Lancaster County mother who sued doctors and a medical practice over the 2010 death of her two-month-old daughter has been awarded $4 million in damages. Michelle Goldstein's 32-day-old baby died of complications from pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The civil lawsuit filed in March 2016 claimed Lancaster Pediatric Associates should have diagnosed and treated it earlier because the baby's mother described having symptoms of the disease herself and asked that the baby be tested. Attorney Steven Costello of Saxton & Stump LLC, who represents Lancaster Pediatric Associates and the doctors, tells LNP they plan to appeal. The jury this week found the practice and two physicians liable for two visits when the baby started to show symptoms of pertussis. A nurse practitioner reached an undisclosed settlement with prosecutors prior to the trial. … [Read more...] about Jury awards Lancaster County mom $4M over infant’s whooping cough deathYou may also be interested in…
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