5 things you should know about whooping cough
When you send your kids back to school in the fall, you expect them to start picking up a few bugs from their classmates. If they come home with a runny nose and a cough, you might not think much of it. Sometimes, though, that “cold” turns out to be something much more sinister: whooping cough. Although children are routinely vaccinated against whooping cough (or pertussis), the illness has been on the rise. In Utah County, there have been twice as many cases in 2018 as 2017. Here are five things you should know about whooping cough that will go toward protecting yourself and your family. What is pertussis? Pertussis is a serious respiratory illness that can be deadly for infants and small children. It is called whooping cough due to the characteristic “whooping” sound children make when they try to breathe. The disease is spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even just breathes.
Source: KPC News