Protect against killer cough
Babies and the elderly are most at risk from the disease.
A baby gasping for breath and turning blue is the stark reality of whooping cough.
If ever an image were to prompt parents to action, that should be it.
It would be a harrowing experience for parents and the child.
As per our page 4 story, the number of cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the Great Southern is up this year, compared to the same time in 2016.
It is a timely reminder to get vaccinated, not just if you are at risk, but if you are in contact with babies or children for whom the disease could be fatal.
Babies and the elderly are most at risk from the disease, which is highly infectious, according to the Department of Health.
It is spread by airborne droplets and a carrier is infectious for three weeks — meaning anyone they come into contact with at home, work, child care or school is at risk. A wide-ranging immunisation program is available for pregnant women and children — it is vital to have the complete vaccine program completed. Adults can also get a booster. If you think you might have whooping cough, visit your GP as soon as possible. Don’t wait, don’t delay. It could save a life. For more information, visit healthy.wa.gov.au.
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