Written by Phil Cerroni
With the recent scare of what could be the U.S.’ biggest outbreak of “whooping cough” in 50 years, health care providers warn parents to not only vaccinate their kids, but also vaccinate themselves from a disease that they are most likely to pass on to their own children.
What Is “Whooping Cough?”
• Pertussis, also known as “whooping cough” or the “100 day cough,” is a highly contagious, airborne disease that can be fatal. Those with pertussis usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others.
• Whooping cough is most often spread to children by adults they have close contact with, such as older siblings, parents, grandparents, or other adults, such as caregivers, etc.
• This year alone, nearly 18,000 cases of “whooping cough” have been reported in the U.S. and nine children have died.
“Our real concern is that 95 percent of toddlers are vaccinated for whooping cough while only 8 percent of adults have received the vaccination,” said Dr. Burger, Medical Director of Doctors Express. “Since adults most often pass on the disease to children, it’s critical that adults get vaccinated. Our urgent care is open late and on weekends, giving parents plenty of options to make sure they are vaccinated for the sake of our children.”
Did You Know?
CDC’s Recommended Vaccination Schedule For Adults:
The CDC recommends that adults receive a whooping cough vaccination at least two weeks before having close contact with an infant.
- Age 19 – 65: You should substitute a one-time dose of Tdap for a Td booster. Then, boost with Td every ten years (your first dose of Tdap can happen before the traditional ten year mark of your Td booster – discuss with a physician).
- Age 65 or older: If you plan on having close contact with a child younger than 12 months old, the CDC encourages you to receive a Tdap vaccination.
- Age 65 and older: If you will have no contact with an infant, the CDC states you can choose to be vaccinated with Tdap or Td.
Source: Doctors Express