Whooping Cough Cases Nearly Double In Utah
By Antonio Vega
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is spreading like wildfire in Utah county. It starts with a small cough, but it is also very contagious and can be extremely dangerous for children. Adults will just have a small cough, nothing serious. It still could be severe if it is not treated fast after contracting it. Doctors recommend that if you are seeing any symptoms, go to the hospital as soon as possible.The sooner you see a doctor for the symptoms, the sooner you could be whooping cough free.
Whooping cough (pertussis) can be spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes tiny droplets into the air. Signs or symptoms can be a runny nose, nasal congestion, red or watery eyes, and a fever. If you have any of these, please see a doctor. There are also stages of symptoms; stage one contains the above symptoms and stage two could contain vomiting and extreme fatigue.
30 students have been quarantined after 14 cases of severe whooping cough. Also, there are some viral videos of some kids having whooping cough. Regardless of the intensity of the cough, doctors highly suggest that you bring your children in. The younger the kids are, the higher chance they have of getting pertussis. Infants have the highest chance and if they get it, they will be in awful condition.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent whooping cough. You will still not be safe from the rampage though so get the vaccine every so often just to make sure you are safe.
A vaccine is recommended for all small children, especially those who are in public areas a lot and go outside for their free time. However, this vaccine does not create immunity. You will need to receive a shot once every five years just to be completely safe.