Whooping Cough: CDC Warns Infant and Child Death

The Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization have recently been strongly recommending the pertussis vaccine which protects against whooping cough. There are two types of this vaccine; the whole cell vaccine and a cellular vaccine. They are both very effective, and since 2002 have saved over half a million lives.

Studies have shown that having vaccinations during pregnancy can protect your unborn child. All people with HIV/AIDS and children are highly recommending to be vaccinations with pertussis, which in groups with routine vaccinations.

The pertussis vaccine is typically combined with other vaccines, and extra doses may be given to adults and older children. Some of the most common side effects of the vaccine are fever and irritation, redness, tenderness, and swelling where the shot is administered.

Some adults are against the pertussis vaccine because whooping cough is most common in infants. When infants get a whooping cough they have serious complications, and it can even cause death. Sadly more than half of babies who are infected with it are hospitalized. .

The virus in adults starts as a common cold then into a coughing spell that can last for months. Some adults can experience cracked ribs from a cough that leaves them gasping for air. The biggest concern is passing the infection on to their children or infants who are not immunized with the vaccine against the life-threatening lung suppressant.

It is so important to get this vaccine as a child all the way into adulthood. This is because it can help to keep the spread of germs. The CDC advises that the more people get this vaccine. The more it will contribute to keeping whooping cough under better control and lower the risk of passing it to defenseless infants. Whooping cough may not be eradicated in the near future, but it can be severely decreased with concentrated efforts.