Pro­tect against killer cough

Albany Advertiser - - OPINION -

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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