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Washington Has Whooping Cough 'Epidemic'

Posted by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has reached "epidemic levels" in the state of Washington, health officials say.

As of March 31, the state had 640 cases compared to 94 cases at the same time last year. This could put Washington "on-pace to have the highest number of reported cases in decades," according to the health department's press release.There have not been any reported deaths, said a spokesman for the health department. The state had two whooping cough deaths in 2010 and two in 2011.Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease caused by bacteria that can lead to severe upper respiratory infections. The bacteria spread in tiny droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms can resemble a cold at first, but as the disease persists, it may cause severe coughing attacks that end with a high-pitched whooping sound.The disease is preventable through a vaccine, which is given to children through a series of five injections from 2 months to 4 or 6 years of age. Whooping cough is most serious in infants, especially when they're too young to get vaccinated or aren't fully protected yet.Even after all five shots, the childhood vaccine doesn't protect you for life. Booster shots are recommended after age 11 and every 10 years during adulthood through the Tdap vaccine, which also protects against tetanus and diphtheria. Health officials recommend anyone with close contact with babies to get up-to-date with their shots.However, some parents choose to not vaccinate their children or, in other cases, vaccinated people lose their immunity because the vaccine has worn off.Washington health officials have started airing a public service announcement that features a mother who lost her baby to whooping cough last year. The PSA can be heard here.In 2010, whooping cough infected 9,000 people and killed 10 infants in California, in the worst outbreak in the state in 60 years. California passed a law requiring all students in the 7th to 12th grade to get the Tdap booster shot.


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by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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LyTe684
by Tasha on Apr. 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM
Yikes!
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Autumn22
by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 9:54 PM
For starters, cali is a state that has exemptions in place so the child doesnt have to have any shots. :) secondly, how many people who have whooping cough have had the vaccine? Jw.
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DeniseGibson
by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM
Yikes


Coastiesgirl
by Bronze Member on Apr. 4, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Fantastic. My SD just got here to MS from WA with a NASTY cough that makes her throw up sometimes. Her mom said she's had it for weeks. :-/
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valkay
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Quoting Coastiesgirl:

Fantastic. My SD just got here to MS from WA with a NASTY cough that makes her throw up sometimes. Her mom said she's had it for weeks. :-/

I would take her to the dr.
JLo1486
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Eeep!

Quoting Coastiesgirl:

Fantastic. My SD just got here to MS from WA with a NASTY cough that makes her throw up sometimes. Her mom said she's had it for weeks. :-/
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Coastiesgirl
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I'll have my DH check into that tomorrow.


Quoting valkay:

Quoting Coastiesgirl:

Fantastic. My SD just got here to MS from WA with a NASTY cough that makes her throw up sometimes. Her mom said she's had it for weeks. :-/

I would take her to the dr.

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Elyssa414
by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 1:48 AM
We just got home from the ER (I'm in Seattle), and they ran a swab to test my 6 month old for it... Should get the results tomorrow. His cough sounds like it, but his O2 levels are fine and his lungs are clear! ...
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steveiguana
by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 7:41 AM

hope the baby comes back in the clear

Quoting Elyssa414:

We just got home from the ER (I'm in Seattle), and they ran a swab to test my 6 month old for it... Should get the results tomorrow. His cough sounds like it, but his O2 levels are fine and his lungs are clear! ...


steveiguana
by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 7:41 AM

how scary

Quoting Coastiesgirl:

I'll have my DH check into that tomorrow.


Quoting valkay:

Quoting Coastiesgirl:

Fantastic. My SD just got here to MS from WA with a NASTY cough that makes her throw up sometimes. Her mom said she's had it for weeks. :-/

I would take her to the dr.


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