Spike in whooping cough
A SPIKE in whooping cough cases in the region has promoted the Mackay Public Health Unit to remind people to vaccinate against the highly contagious disease.
Public health nurse Terrianne Messina said there had been 23 notifications of whooping cough this year with seven of those in the past two weeks.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can affect people of any age. While adults may experience only the severe cough complications of whooping cough, in babies complications can include pneumonia, fits and brain damage from prolonged lack of oxygen. A free vaccine is funded for infants aged two, four and six months. Vaccines are also available for children aged four years.
Boosters are administered as part of the school program for Years 8 and 10 students.
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