News 06.04.2012 - How to handle the whooping cough Washington State epidemic

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If you had it, then you know that going through six weeks of whooping cough isn’t exactly easy to handle. But if you’re living in the Washington State area perhaps you should take a moment to read the following. Daily Gossip writes that Washington State is on the edge of having to handle a full blown whooping cough epidemic.

Secretary of Health Mary Selecky warned whooping cough, or pertussis, is “very serious for young babies, who often get whooping cough from adults and other family members”. She also added that “all teens and adults who haven’t had Tdap to be vaccinated to help protect babies that are too young for the vaccine”.

Here are a few things you should know about whooping cough or pertussis:

-          The Tdap vaccine costs $35 and it is often given around age 11 or 12 and repeated every 10 years.
-          Although on the overall the population has been vaccinated against whooping cough, there’s still is a huge vulnerability. The present day numerous cases in Washington State are proof enough.
-          Pertussis or whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease.
-          The disorder can affect all people, no matter the age.
-          The infection takes as long as six weeks to treat and its symptoms feature violent and uncontrollable coughing, breathing difficulties, making a sort of whooping sound when breathing, runny nose, slight fever, diarrhea, vomiting and even short loss of consciousness following violent coughing attacks.
-          The onset of the whooping cough symptoms are similar to the common cold.
-          If untreated, the disorder can result in pneumonia, permanent seizure disorder and convulsions. Nose bleeds, ear infections, cerebral hemorrhage, mental retardation, apnea, brain damage caused by lack of oxygen and even death have also been linked to the whooping cough.

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