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Pertussis in Iowa, Vaccine Recommended

Posted: Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at 6:23 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

With recent cases of pertussis confirmed in northern Iowa, people are reminded of how they can prevent contracting whooping cough.

Washington County Public Health Nurse Lynn Fisher recommends getting the vaccine to prevent the contagious disease that causes thick mucus in the lungs, “There is a vaccine, DTap for children, which is diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis. And so children are receiving that as they’re infants and kindergarten, and then a booster shot at 11 years old now. Adults get Tdap, just a little switch in the letters, so there is a vaccine to prevent it. Also we have people stay home when they have whooping cough.”

Also, remember to wash your hands frequently. If you do get ill with it, Fisher says to stay home while on the five days of antibiotics to prevent the spread of whooping cough. She adds whooping cough often occurs during the spring and used to be called the 100 day cough due to infections lasting up to 10 weeks.