Pertussis Case Reported In Madison CountyAug 27th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Front Page
A case of pertussis, better known as “whooping cough,” has been reported in Madison County and health officials are encouraging residents to ensure they have been vaccinated against the disease. This is the first confirmed case reported this year. Pertussis, or “whooping cough” is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract. Initial symptoms are like those of a cold, including runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever, and a mild cough. Within two weeks, the cough can become much worse. Pertussis can infect persons of all ages, yet is most serious in infants and young children. Transmission of the infection may come through direct contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough. The most common complication is bacterial pneumonia. Pertussis can be treated with antibiotics. It is recommended children receive four doses of Dtap vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) by the age of four and a booster dose in seventh grade. Parents are advised to make sure their child’s immunizations are up to date and to see a pediatrician if their child develops symptoms, including those listed and a persistent cough lasting more than seven days. “Florida law requires that kindergartners and all seventh graders be up to date on their pertussis vaccination before going to school,” said Acting Administrator Kimberly Allbritton. “Now is a great opportunity for parents to check on immunizations for the whole family. Adults, grandparents or older siblings, especially those who will be around newborns, should be vaccinated against pertussis.” For more information on vaccines or an appointment, contact the Florida Department of Health in Madison County at (850) 973-5000. Additional information about pertussis is available at www.cdc.gov/pertussis/.
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