Pertussis, aka “whooping cough”, has reached epidemic levels in Washington state and elsewhere throughout the country. Whooping cough, an infection of the respiratory system, spreads from person to person easily and can be life-threatening. Infants and children who haven’t been immunized can get seriously ill if they get whooping cough.
Public health officials are asking everyone to make sure they’re up-to-date with vaccines. It’s especially important for anyone who has close contact with babies younger than 12 months to get vaccinated to help protect the baby from whooping cough. This includes parents, siblings, grandparents, health care providers, and child care providers.
Experts believe a growing hesitancy toward vaccination in general, as well as the fact that many adults don’t realize they need to get vaccinated against pertussis have contributed to Washington’s whooping cough epidemic. Vaccination decreases the chance of contracting and spreading whooping cough. Read full post »