It has been reported that 910 cases of whopping cough have been confirmed in California. It is feared that there may be an additional 600 cases.
Whopping cough generally occurs in children ages 5 and under. Half of those cases will affect a child under the age of 1. It is recommended that children be immunized. All children should have a booster shot by age 11.
Symptoms of whopping cough, also know as pertussis, include excessive and intense coughing that can interfere with breathing, eating and drinking. Whooping cough is a bacterial disease that is very contagious and can spread very quickly throughout many areas. Cases of whooping cough tend to increase in the summer months.
Check you local health department or doctors office to schedule this important immunization and protect your child. In addition, as a parent of a child any family member or caregiver should have a booster shot.
For further information go to www. cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Pertussis.aspx