Newborns Most Vulnerable to Highly Contagious Pertussis

Just last month, we shared information about the spike in pertussis or “whooping cough” from our expert Dr. Jane Siegel, who says the way to help prevent the spread of this disease is immunizations. Since then, Children’s has seen even more cases of pertussis, most of them being babies.

Fox 4 News recently highlighted another Children’s expert Dr. Jeffrey Kahn who talks about the highly contagious nature of pertussis and a young infant who died from respiratory failure due to the disease.

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2 Responses to Newborns Most Vulnerable to Highly Contagious Pertussis

  1. Baby Aria May 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I’ve taken my grandbaby 3 times to Children’s beginning at 2 months shes now 4 months and still has a cough. Both my daughter & I were sent home with a diagnoses of cough and congestion. She still has it and I hope its not whooping cough because she was never swabbed nor lab tests were run to confirm if it was whooping cough..Her cough gets worst at night and on/off runny nose. I’ve been praying and hoping it goes away and so far it hasnt so thinking about going to a different hospital hoping they do a culture.

    • Heather Elise Duge May 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      Thank you for your comment. Second opinions are always a good idea if there is no improvement, and your primary care physician can be a great resource. Hope she improves soon!

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