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Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 05/25/2014 11:27 PM Updated by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 05/25/2014 11:28 PM
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First Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Cases in Calaveras

Calaveras County, Ca...As of March 2014 there were 495 confirmed pertussis cases in California. Calaveras Public Health Services has received notification of two confirmed pertussis cases in the County. Both cases are school-aged residents. Pertussis is a disease of the lungs and throat caused by bacteria. Pertussis starts like a cold with a runny nose and cough that gets worse. The cough usually lasts more than two weeks. The cough occurs in spasms that may cause a “whoop” sound when the person tries to catch their breath. It can be so severe that a person will vomit afterwards. Pertussis can be prevented with a vaccine...

Calaveras County, Ca...As of March 2014 there were 495 confirmed pertussis cases in California. Calaveras Public Health Services has received notification of two confirmed pertussis cases in the County. Both cases are school-aged residents.

Pertussis is a disease of the lungs and throat caused by bacteria. Pertussis starts like a cold with a runny nose and cough that gets worse. The cough usually lasts more than two weeks. The cough occurs in spasms that may cause a “whoop” sound when the person tries to catch their breath. It can be so severe that a person will vomit afterwards. Pertussis can be prevented with a vaccine.

The disease is usually not as severe in adults. Pertussis is very serious for infants in the first 3 months of life. The early symptoms can worsen rapidly and require immediate medical care that can result in hospitalization and death. The vaccine to prevent pertussis cannot be given to infants under six weeks. Infants are most often exposed through the mother or another household member.

Infants who are too young to receive the vaccine can be protected by vaccinating parents, household members, grandparents and caregivers. “It is important that adults and youth who have close contact with infants get the Tdap vaccine,” urged Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County Health Officer.

Even if adults and youth have received the vaccine or had the disease, immunity wears off. Youth and adults need a booster. They can easily spread the disease to others who are not protected. Pregnant women need a pertussis booster with every pregnancy. This should be done between the 27th and 36th weeks. This allows the transfer of the mother’s antibodies to the infant.

Many adults and youth have not received the booster dose of Tdap vaccine. “Calaveras Public Health Services recommends that adults and youth get the vaccine, Tdap, against pertussis,” stated Dean Kelaita.

Pertussis can be treated with antibiotics. If a person has pertussis symptoms they should contact their doctor or clinic. Treating pertussis can help stop the spread to others. Local medical providers have received information to alert them to test and treat possible cases.

Pertussis vaccine is available at Calaveras Public Health Services, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C-2, San Andreas every Monday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and every Thursday morning from 8:00 a.m. until noon. No appointment is necessary.

Vaccine is $16 per person. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. For questions on whether you or a family member need vaccine contact Public Health at 754.6460.

Visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com for more pertussis and clinic information.


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Posted on: 2014-05-26 21:33:16   By: Anonymous
 
Sorry but I don't believe in deseases that I can't pronounce. Sounds like something the liberals or Obama came up with so we have to get the Obama health care.

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    Posted on: 2014-05-28 00:03:35   By: Anonymous
     
    My guess is that you cannot pronounce a lot of things. Give up adding anything productive to this discussion.

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