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Whooping Cough Warning

Whooping Cough Warning


IN OUR HEALTHIER ME THIS MORNING … PERTUSSIS, OR WHOOPING COUGH, IS A VERY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE THAT CAN BE DEADLY FOR BABIES. IT IS PREVENTABLE, YET THE NUMBER OF CASES SPIKED BY 15 PERCENT IN THE MOST RECENT YEARLY DATA FROM THE C-D-C. BRITNEY GLASER EXPLAINS WHY PREGNANT WOMEN AND ANYONE AROUND NEWBORNS NEED TO HEED A STERN WARNING. THIS CHART FROM THE CDC SHOWS AN ALARMING TREND, PARTICULARLY IN CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF ONE, DIAGNOSED WITH PERTUSSIS OR WHOOPING COUGH. OBSTETRICIAN/GY NECOLOGIST JAMES BARROW SAYS BABIES ARE THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO BECOMING VERY SICK FROM THIS CONTAGIOUS RESPIRATORY VIRUS. “ESPECIALLY IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF LIFE, IT CAN BE A VERY SERIOUS UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION, CAN LEAD TO HOSPITALIZATION AND EVEN DEATH.” PERTUSSIS IS SPREAD FROM PERSON TO PERSON THROUGH COUGHS AND SNEEZES. THAT’S WHY DOCTOR BARROW SAYS ANY PERSON PLANNING TO BE AROUND A BABY NEEDS TO GET THE TDAP BOOSTER. “ANYBODY PLANNING TO HAVE A NEWBORN BABY SHOULD HAVE ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO BE IN CONTACT WITH THE CHILD, VACCINATED, AND THE MOTHER SHOULD HAVE A BOOSTER IN HER THIRD TRIMESTER.” THE C-D-C RECOMMENDS THAT PREGNANT WOMEN GET THE BOOSTER WITH EACH PREGNANCY, TO PASS ON THE IMMUNITY TO HER BABY. “THE BOOSTER ACTUALLY PASSES THE IMMUNITY TO THE BABY, BECAUSE THE BABIES DO NOT TYPICALLY START THEIR PERTUSSIS VACCINES UNTIL THREE MONTHS, SO THERE’S A WINDOW OF TIME BETWEEN ZERO AND THREE MONTHS THAT A BABY IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO WHOOPING COUGH.” WHILE VACCINES DO NOT OFFER 100 PERCENT PROTECTION, THEY ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE PREVENTATIVE TOOL IN PROTECTING VULNERABLE NEWBORNS FROM CONTAGIOUS DISEASES. WHILE THE TRADEMARK SYMPTOM OF WHOOPING COUGH IS A DISTINCT COUGH, IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT MANY BABIES WITH WHOOPING COUGH DON’T COUGH AT ALL…. INSTEAD IT CAUSES THEM TO STOP BREATHING AND TURN BLUE.

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