Pertussis has become an epidemic in Washington, U.S.

Pertussis

Mary Selecky, State Secretary of Health, announced on Tuesday that the whooping has become an epidemic in Washington.

Injection or Immunisation[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]“We’re very concerned about the continued rapid increase in reported cases,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “This disease can be very serious for young babies, who often get whooping cough from adults and other family members. We want all teens and adults who haven’t had Tdap to be vaccinated to help protect babies that are too young for the vaccine.”

640 cases have been reported up to the end of March in 2012. Washington has the highest number of reported cases in decades.

Whooping cough’s vaccines are prescribed for all children. For those above age 11, whooping cough booster has to be given referred to as Tdap. In fact, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that the adults above the age 19 and older must have to get the booster dose shot every 10 years. Pregnant women should get a booster dose after the 20th week of gestation during the 3rd trimester, if they have not gotten a booster dose yet.

“Many adults don’t realize they need to be vaccinated, or they assume they have been,” said State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes. “We’re asking everyone to verify with their health care provider that they’re up-to-date on vaccines. We’re also asking everyone to use good health manners — like cover your cough and stay home when you’re sick — that will also help prevent spreading whooping cough.”

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