Last week the California Department of Public Health announced that more than 800 cases of pertussis (whopping cough) have been diagnosed and that the states diagnosis has reached epidemic proportions with 3,458 cases being diagnosed this year, already more than last year total. -2
The CDPH urges pregnant women to be vaccinated as well as parents to vaccinate their children. The number one reason is to prevent illness and death in infants who are not old enough to vaccinate. -2
Learn more about this epidemic here.
The symptoms of pertussis are different depending on the age of your child, but older children who get pertussis have a cough and runny nose for about two weeks then the illness worsens and children will have coughing spells that have a whooping sound. In young infants, often there will be no typical symptoms including coughing, but they could have episodes where their face turns purple or red. Adults who get pertussis usually have a cough that lasts several weeks. -2
Pertussis spreads quickly and is highly contagious through coughing and sneezing and the symptoms usually show between seven and 10 days after exposures. See frequently asked questions about whooping cough. -2
Check out this video from Parents.com -1
1-Rossi, Holly. “Whooping Cough Epidemic Declared in California.” Parents News Now RSS. Parents.Com, 16 June 2014. Web. 18 June 2014.
2-“California Experiencing a Whooping Cough Epidemic .” California Experiencing a Whooping Cough Epidemic. California Department of Public Health, 13 June 2014. Web. 18 June 2014.