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Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise in Texas

Health & Wellness  (tags: pertussis, Texas, vaccinations, protection, prevention, safety, risks, warning, treatment, health, children, babies, family, medicine, news, illness, society )

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The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a health alert last week advising doctors on diagnosing and treating pertussis. The state health department also strongly encourages people to make sure their children's and their own vaccinations...

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 2:42 pm

I must have missed something in the article, I want to know what is causing this, again. Is it because of the number of people that did not vaccinate their children? Also, I wonder if all of us need to get an updated shot? Many questions. In Palestine (East Texas) they may be subject to more humidity. Does that increase the probability of Pertussis? Thanks Carrie, I will do some research.

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 3:25 pm
All including children especially should get shots right away. pertusis is aerosolized droplets when coughing goes from person to person. People with pertussis usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then breathe in the pertussis bacteria. The illness usually manifests with cold-like symptoms and a mild cough -.
Hope we don.t get an outbreak here in Alberta as my lungs are in bad enough shape.
Thanks Carrie.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 3:57 pm
So many parents are choosing to not have their children vaccinated, so I think in many places are seeing increases in ilnesses that were previously thought to be under control. I also think whether or not adults get a booster should be taken up with their PCP. Those who are in contact with children probably will be encouraged to get a shot ~ not just for their protection, but for the children they come in contact with. Hope that helped a little Kit.

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Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:19 pm

Jason S (50)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 6:07 pm
Good posting, thanks

Laurie H (817)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 7:31 pm
Thanks Carrie for posting this. Kit, I received the vaccine just a couple of months ago for Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis, which is good for 10 years. It protects from Tetanus, Diphtheria & Whooping Cough. All 3 diseases are caused by bacteria & are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds. Here in Florida, the doctors were advising this vaccine, as cases of whooping cough, were on the rise. I thought this would be a good idea, as it was good for 10 years. Hope this helps a bit.~~~

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:04 pm
Some parents can't afford to get shots not required...they wouldn't be able to get those required if not for the entitlements that GOPTP want to cut.

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Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:14 pm

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:16 pm
Luckily we have universal health care and these are covered, certainly vaccinations are important to prevent such illnesses. It is sad that some people in other nations can't afford to get basic protection.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:27 pm
Public Health will give those immunizations free of charge. Just call and ask.

JL A (281)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:57 pm
A couple years ago CA also had this issue and it was hitting senior citizens extra hard so seniors were being advised to get a new DPT to protect themselves.

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 9:37 pm
I seem to remember reading that the people getting whooping cough were the ones that had been immunized.I think it was on Dr Mercola site months ago.

Billie C (2)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 10:06 pm
all the illegals and the people who don't vaccinate are causing these problems. illegals sneak in with no vaccines and lots of them are already sick. measles are making a come back tb is be coming a big problem.
the immigrants that came through ellis island were screened that that's why we need illegals to come in legally.
our gp is telling everybody to get the dpt shot if they haven't had it since they were children.

Susanne R (234)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 12:08 am
We had several cases of whooping cough reported in our area several months ago. When my daughter took her children in for their checkups, she asked her pediatrician about it. Her kids were protected because of their DPT vaccinations and booster shots, but he suggested that adult family members considered being vaccinated.

According to Wikipedia, "Boostrix, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, is licensed for use in adolescents and adults ages 10 to 64. The U.S.'s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended its use in adults of all ages, including those age 65 and above."

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:02 am
It says pregant women should be vacinated as infants cannot be, but it also states that some of the increase is simply based on better reporting.

Angelflowers D (85)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:20 am

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:28 am

. (0)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 7:37 am
That's not good. They need to do something to get that outbreak under control.

Patricia H. (440)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 10:11 am

Michael M (5)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:08 pm
I blame ignorant and irresponsible parents who listen to false prophets and false gods.
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