Are You and Your Family Protected?
by: Bobby McDonald
Whooping cough, once known in the U.S. as "the baby killer" is documented
of its severity, in cemeteries across the nation, as the deadly disease caused
death in children.
Whooping Cough, or its scientific name "pertussis," has been a relatively dormant disease in the United States, due to a heavy vaccination program, that all but destroyed the disease. However, 2012 marks the largest rise in the disease since a vaccination has been discovered, and much of this is due to parents who are no longer vaccinating their children and because of a new vaccine that was first used in the 1990's that does not use the "live virus" of the strain.
Whooping cough — known medically as pertussis — is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough may eventually turn more serious, particularly in infants. The best way to prevent it is through vaccinations. The childhood vaccine is called DTaP. The whooping cough booster vaccine for adolescents and adults is called Tdap. Both protect against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria.
However, recent research is revealing that protection may not be a long as the older vaccine and you may need a "booster" shot, earlier than once thought.
With the disease that was once known as "the baby killer," on the rise in the United States, this year, now is the perfect time for you to consult your physician to make certain that you and your family members are adequately protected from this deadly disease!