Whooping Cough Essay

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Pertussis or whooping cough, a contagious disease most commonly affecting many children. More than half of the children under one year, who contract pertussis wind up in the hospital, according to http://www.cdc.gov/features/pertussis/. More often than not children are infected by their parents or other close relatives. How can we protect our children against this? It is vital for mother’s both new and still pregnant to get vaccinated against whooping cough.
The name DTap or Tdap may sound familiar. Diphtheria, tetanus and equally importantly pertussis. Also, according to the CDC website, adults will receive the dtap vaccine while children younger than 7 will receive Tdap. “. The first dose is recommended when your baby is 2 months old. He will need 2 more doses after that, given at 4 months and 6 months, to build up high levels of protection. Vaccine protection for whooping cough decreases over time, so booster shots are recommended at 15 through 18 months and at 4 through 6 years to maintain that protection.” Says http://www.cdc.gov/features/pertussis/ As far as recognizing the symptoms, the cough has a quite distinct sound. Makes a ‘whoop’ sound, it may sound comical, but mind the symptoms. These would include, normal cold symptoms, runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Now, this is where the sound comes from. When you cough continuously you will eventually run out of air in the lungs, causing a sharp inhale ‘whoop’. For obvious reasons being unable to draw sufficient breath can be hazardous to your precious little person.
A different symptom which can also be a sign is cyanosis, baby turns a bluish hue due to lack of oxygen. Whereas the whooping cough is characterized by the cough itself, it is not always present, instead the baby may begin to suffer from breathing apnea or long pauses in breathing. Again it is obvious why this is alarming. A little on the history of pertussis in itself, on the http://www.medicinenet.com/pertussis/article.htm website it is stated “The first outbreaks of whooping cough were described in the 16th century. The bacterium responsible for the infection, Bordetella pertussis, was not identified until 1906.” Now this was at a time when vaccinations weren’t the latest rage, between 1920-1930 some 250,000 cases were reported and resulting in an astonishing 9,000 deaths. By the ‘40s we developed a vaccine, DTP. In the U.S. alone outbreaks were reduced by more than 99% by 1976. Although there are still outbreaks every 3-5 years, roughly, it is by far much more maintainable due to the vaccine...

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