Doctors Warn Against Whooping Cough

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  February 18, 2011 at 12:17 AM Child Health News
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Following the death of a newborn baby in Melbourne because of Pertussis (whooping cough) health authorities in the territory are investigating this spike in the number of cases. 1353 cases were reported since January. Whooping cough is particularly fatal for infants with the disease claiming one child for every 200 infected children. In adults it causes symptoms like common cold. But in infants, there may be coughing fits which deprive the brain of oxygen causing brain damage and even death.
 Doctors Warn Against Whooping Cough
Doctors Warn Against Whooping Cough

Pediatrician with the immunization service at the Royal Children's Hospital, Dr. Jenny Royle has urged the Victorians to be particular about their whooping cough vaccinations because this highly contagious disease epidemic endangers the lives of babies. As children below 1year of age were most vulnerable to this illness, parents should vaccinate their little ones with 3-doses at 2-4-6months respectively. A booster dose should then be given at four years, followed by another at 10years.

Dr Royle said, "It was also vital for parents of infants and other adults in close contact with babies to have booster vaccines, because they could be infected without knowing and pass it on. About half of babies who catch whooping cough probably catch it from a parent. We certainly can't blame parents for that, it's just the reality of who babies spend their time with, so we need to make sure we give boosters to people in contact with babies.'' In Victoria all new parents can get a booster dose free of cost.

Source: Medindia

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_Sasha_ Friday, February 18, 2011

"In adults it causes symptoms like common cold." This is not correct!! When I was 23 I had whooping cough. I was coughing and vomiting for close to a month, able to keep very little down. I remember well waking up one morning unable to breath and thumping my chest violently trying to move the phlegm blocking my throat. Most frustrating was that it was not until the 5th doctor or went to see that someone identified the problem. It was only that it was an older doctor who on hearing me cough knew immediately what it was which was then confirmed by a blood sample. At the time I was very fit and healthy, had I not been I would not like to consider the outcome!!

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