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Are you worried about a rise in whooping cough cases?

Posted by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM
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New York health officials on Wednesday reported a sharp spike in cases of whooping cough, a potentially fatal illness that has been on the rise around the country this year, and urged people to get vaccinated.

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Preliminary figures reported by New York's Health Department found 970 cases so far in 2012 of the highly contagious disease pertussis, or whooping cough, an infection that produces an intense cough that lasts weeks and can lead to pneumonia, an inability to breathe or death.

In all of 2011, there were 931 cases reported in New York.

By June the number of reported cases in the United States in 2012 was nearly 44 percent higher than the same period last year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Here in New York, we are seeing an increased number of reported cases this year, as is the case across the United States," state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah said in a statement.

New York is one of more than a dozen U.S. states reporting a greater than three-fold increase in reported cases of the whooping cough since 2011, according to the CDC.

Health officials attributed the rise in whooping cough to the cyclical nature of the disease where the number of reported cases hits a peak every three to five years.

New York is seeing its latest peak after earlier outbreaks in 2004, and to a lesser degree in 2008, health department spokesman Peter Constantakes said. In 2004, the state reported over 2,000 cases and in 2008, over 550. In 2009, a trough in the cycle, the state reported just over 350, he said.

"The cyclical nature of the disease is really something we don't completely understand, but it seems to happen in all states across the nation," Constantakes said.

Other factors include families who choose not to vaccinate their children and the fact that many teens and adults who have not been immunized catch the cough but ignore it and pass it on.

About nine out of every 100,000 Americans get pertussis each year, according to the CDC. While that number is considerably smaller than before the pertussis vaccine was introduced, it has been rising for the past two decades.

Most cases don't result in death but in 2011 three infants died from the illness in New York.

The infection is especially dangerous for children younger than a year old who have yet to complete the full cycle of vaccinations against the ailment.

The whooping cough often begins with cold-like symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose, or a fever and is accompanied by a mild cough that becomes more severe in the first or second week. Coughing fits are often followed by a high-pitched whoop, giving the illness its name.

The pertussis vaccine, a five-shot series referred to as DTaP, is recommended for children at ages 2, 4, 6 and 18-months, and at 4 to 6 years old.

The CDC recommends that at age 11 or 12 kids get the booster shot called Tdap.

Teens and adults, especially those in contact with infants, should also get the Tdap shot, the state health department said.

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Vertical15
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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I'm not really worried about it.  There isn't anything I can do about it.  Why add more stress to my life?

scraphappy12
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM
My kids are a little older and vaccinated but if we have another baby then yes it would definatly worry me.
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TigerofMu
by Sonja on Jul. 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Not really.

karamille
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I have a couple of clients who are non-vaccing who's kiddos have been hospitalized with pertussis.  They weren't babies - they were school aged.  Definitely seeing a rise of it on our area.  We did selective/delay some vacs, but pertussis was one we did on schedule and hubs and I got the booster for.  

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NoahsCoolMama
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Nope. Not worried. My kid has been vaccinated.

new_mom808
by Andrea on Jul. 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

 No, I'm really not. DS got the first 3 shots in the series. Oddly enough that was one that the ped tried to talk me out of when I told him were were only doing a couple. I was conerned that as a new mom I wouldnt recognize it before it was serious. He seemed pretty sure that I would and wanted me to consider Prevnar in place of the DTaP.......

here's my thing. If Whooping cough is so serious for young kids (and I'm not saying that it's not) and the CDC and Big Pharma are soooo concerned with our kids health why can you ONLY get the vax in a 3-in-1? Why cant I just vax my newborn against Pertussis, without includint Tetnus and Diptheria, which he has very little risk of contracting?

frndlyfn
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I need to get the booster.  I have no insurance though so been dragging my feet.  I worry for all the babies who dont have protection.  I am glad to see many people though who may be sick wearing masks in public.

Lovinmybabas
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM
Yes, I am. I have a three week old baby girl and the outbreak is really bad here in Washington state.
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FrugalFairy
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM

It's not matter of lack of concern on the part of CDC and "Big Pharma." The pertussis component needs a "binder" in order to be absorbed by the body, so it is bound with the other two toxoid vaccines (diphtheria and tetanus). 

Quoting new_mom808:

 here's my thing. If Whooping cough is so serious for young kids (and I'm not saying that it's not) and the CDC and Big Pharma are soooo concerned with our kids health why can you ONLY get the vax in a 3-in-1? Why cant I just vax my newborn against Pertussis, without includint Tetnus and Diptheria, which he has very little risk of contracting?



FrugalFairy
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Am I concerned about the increased outbreaks? I'm not so much worried about my own family, as we are all up-to-date on our pertussis vaccines. I am concerned about those who are most vulnerable and/or cannot be vaccinated.

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