July 18, 2014 (San Diego) “The county and the state are experiencing an epidemic of pertussis,” (whooping cough) said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Infants are at greatest risk for severe illness and death from pertussis, so we are urging parents to vaccinate their children and pregnant women to be vaccinated to protect their babies.”
According to the County News Service we have had 895 confirmed cases. For comparison there were only 120 cases confirmed last year, and 2010 saw a record of 1,179.
Symptoms of the disease has a runny nose and cough, with rapid cough lasting for months with a whooping sound.
This can be prevented with the Dtap Vaccine, and children must have proof of a booster before seventh grade:
Parents can obtain the DTaP vaccine series and the Tdap booster shot for themselves and their children through their primary care physicians. Local retail pharmacies offer vaccinations for a fee, and anyone who is not covered by a medical insurance plan can get the shot from a County Public Health Center at minimal or no cost.