Kansas is currently experiencing an outbreak of pertussis cases.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough is a serious respiratory illness. It is an infection that often mimics a common cold in the beginning, but can progress quickly, especially in young infants and children. Pertussis is also known as “whooping cough.” This is because patients often have violent, rapid coughing fits, leaving them to loudly inhale as they try to refill their lungs with air.
Follow this link for information about Pertussis and to hear the “whooping cough.”
Pertussis is very contagious and spreads rapidly, usually before a patient’s cough even develops. A vaccine is available against pertussis. Children receive the vaccine in their normal childhood series of DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis) shots, but are not fully protected until age five. Adults often pass the pertussis infection on to their children, since their immunity has waned from their own childhood immunizations.
A one-time booster of the pertussis vaccine (given in Tdap-Tetanus, diphtheria, accellular pertussis) is recommended for all adults who have contact with infants and children. This helps to protect the children who have not been able to be fully vaccinated. Parents can also help protect their children by getting them all their vaccine on time. Women are now recommended to get a Tdap booster in the third trimester of each pregnancy, to help pass immunity on to the baby.
Please call 620-842-5132 if you are interested in this vaccine!