Yesterday it was reported that several cases of whooping cough has been confirmed at a Pittsburgh High School.
The school district is taking precautions to prevent further spread. It is not known at this time where it was contracted.
Whooping cough can be deadly to the very young, very old and those with a compromised immune systems.
Whooping cough was pretty much wiped out here in the United States. But, in other parts of the world it is still very much a problem the same with polio, measles, mumps and small pox and many other diseases. I personally know a woman who recently had Whooping Cough. She caught it while visiting the Far East. She was immunized as a child against Whooping Cough. She suggests that adults get boosters to their immunizations.
There has been a surge in Whooping Cough outbreaks across the country. In 2010 there was a Whooping Cough out break in California. Over 5,00 infants came down with whooping cough. Out of that number 9 infants died. This was the largest outbreak since 1955 in California. Recent history in PA 2009 in Western PA 19 school age children from one school district were diagnosed with Whooping cough. All of these children had not been immunized.
Vaccinating your child today will keep disease at bay in the future. Why chance your child becoming ill with Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Whooping Cough or even Polio.
For more information on Whooping Cough also known as Pertussis you can go to this link http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms.html