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A Whooping Cough Epidemic Is Harming Infants & Kids

Thu, April 5, 2012 5:55pm EDT by 3 Comments

Do you or your baby have an innocent cough or mild cold? Because it could be a symptom of the whooping cough — pertussis epidemic — which can lead into a severe cough and cause death in infants!

The Washington State Department of Health released a statement this week saying they are in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic. It’s the highest levels in decades — which are likely to be reached, according to the statement. This year there have been 640 cases, compared to 94 cases over the same time period last year.

The disease is preventable with a vaccine, but can be highly contagious and can be spread by bacteria from coughing and sneezing. It can be extremely dangerous to infants less than one years old and could lead to death, so get treated as soon as symptoms arise!

This is not a thing of the past! It’s coming back and the best way to prevent whooping cough, or pertussis, is to get vaccinated, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Take action before it’s too late for you and your young children!

—Giovanna Pagliarulo

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