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Pertussis Vaccines Recommended

Posted: Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 at 6:22 am
Author: KCII News - Nathan Swenson

The cold and flu aren’t the only things you need to worry about this winter. Washington County Public Health’s Lynn Fisher says whooping cough starts like a cold, but then becomes more severe after a few weeks, with symptoms including violent fits of coughing.

Also known as pertussis, the illness was given the name due to the distinct whooping sound common that follows a series of coughs in those older than six months.

In 2012, the Center for Disease Control saw a 400% increase in whooping cough cases. Beginning this school year, Iowa began requiring students entering the 7th grade receive the Tdap, which includes the pertussis vaccine.