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Whooping Cough

Whooping cough cases are cropping up. It’s a highly contagious disease, so that pretty much guarantees more. Whooping cough is dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, especially children, so working together to stop the outbreak is essential. Caused by the virus pertussis, whooping cough is preventable by vaccine. Since the pertussis vaccine wears out […]

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Beware Whooping Cough

July 28, 2017

It’s not just measles that’s making a comeback, there’s a higher number of whooping cough (AKA pertussis) cases this year, too. While measles is spreading mostly due to vaccinations, whooping cough is a little less straightforward. Measles is spreading out of pockets of people who aren’t vaccinated, and into those who are (vaccination provides protection […]

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Some cities have daily headlines about how severe the whooping cough epidemic is, if you’re not familiar, let me catch you up! In the early 90s, a change was made to the vaccine for pertussis. Instead of using the whole virus, the vaccine just uses certain markers from the surface of the virus. The benefit […]

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If you’ve never been vaccinated for whooping cough, or if you were vaccinated after 1990, you’re at risk of catching the disease from someone who has whooping cough, or has has been recently vaccinated. One of the many factors contributing to the rising rate of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough because of the air […]

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In an effort to fight back against whooping cough, most states are reminding residents to get the TDaP booster. Whooping cough is most concentrated in counties where vaccination rates are low. Adults who haven’t had the booster are at risk for catching whooping cough and spreading it to infants and young children, for whom the […]

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