Infants and young children are susceptible to Whooping Cough without immunization. That’s why health officials are encouraging families to create a “cocoon” of protection around the most vulnerable. That means making sure parents, siblings and caregivers have up to date vaccinations to avoid bringing the disease into the home, where babies could be exposed.
Whooping cough, also known as Pertussis, is commonly included in vaccination routines like the Tdap shot. But even if you've been vaccinated against the disease, you may not be in the clear. Sally Edney, of Reno’s HAWC Clinic, says immunity from the vaccine wears off. After ten years, you may be ready for a booster.
In addition to vaccinating family members, health officials also recommend immunization for babies over 2 months. Mothers who are pregnant or who have just given birth should be vaccinated before leaving the hospital. Health officials say avoid taking newborns to areas with large crowds. If a child under 6 months has cold symptoms, have them examined by a healthcare provider. When possible, babies and pregnant women should avoid contact with people who have been coughing for longer than two weeks.
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