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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis in the United States

Since the 80s, there's been an increase in pertussis. 

Currently, several states are reporting an increase in pertussis cases, including a state-wide epidemic in California.

Adults (ages 19-64) need to be revaccinated, even if they were completely vaccinated as children.

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What is Pertussis?
Pertussis (whooping cough): 
  •  is marked by a "whoop" made when gasping for breath after a severe coughing attack

  •  can cause serious illness - especially in infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated 
  •  is one of the most commonly occurring vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States
  •  starts like the common cold (with runny nose/congestion/sneezing/mild cough/fever), but after 1-2 weeks, severe coughing begins
  •  is spread when a person with pertussis coughs or sneezes and another person breathes in the pertussis bacteria

Is there a vaccine?  YES!
Talk to your doctor about getting the adult pertussis vaccine.  All adolescents must get a Tdap (Tdap = protection against Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis) booster vaccination prior to entering 7th grade.
The Okaloosa County Health Department administers the pertussis vaccine

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  This page was updated on 25-Apr-11

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