Whooping Cough Nothing to Laugh About

Vaccinate against whooping cough

98% of kids who got all five doses of the whooping cough vaccine before kindergarten were protected from the disease

Whooping cough may have a funny name, but the potential consequences are nothing to laugh about.

The latest statistics show that Children’s has treated 113 patients with whooping cough, also known as pertussis, this year, compared to only 14 last year. And of those 113 patients, four have died.

But there  is an easy proactive solution to whooping cough: vaccinations.  Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., our  infectious diseases expert, recommends that every child and adult get the vaccination for whooping cough for one simple reason: it works.

According to The Journal of American Medical Association, 98% of kids who got all five doses of the whooping cough vaccine before kindergarten were protected from the disease. And in every whooping cough case seen at Children’s this year, it was an unprotected adult who passed the disease on to the child.

Dr. Kahn also recommends a booster shot at age 11 and for pregnant women who are in contact with unprotected infants.

Watch WFAA’s recent story on whooping cough and hear more of Dr. Kahn’s comments in the following clip.

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