31 cases of whooping cough (a.k.a. pertussis) have been diagnosed across Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties since Nov. 1st compared to only 7 cases in the same time period last year. That’s more than a 400% increase! The majority of recent cases have been in school-aged youth 10 and over but same cases are school children’s parents.
Whooping Cough Symptoms
Symptoms resemble bad cold, allergies or even a mild case of the flu: runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and a mild cough. But as the illness progresses into its second or third week, a persistent cough develops characterized by explosive bursts, sometimes ending in a high-pitched “whoop.” Sometimes the whooping inducing vomiting. It’s generally not life-threatening bit can be more deadly to infants, the elderly, and those with immune deficiencies. If you or your child has a cough lasting more than 2 weeks and/or one that gets progressively worse, you or they should see a doctor as soon as possible and avoid contact with those who might be extra susceptible to contracting the illness.
What You Can Do
Avoid close contact with those that are sick and make sure you and your children’s Tdap vaccinations are up to date. The vaccine can wear off over time. The Northern Kentucky Health Department offers low income families or those without health insurance vaccinations such as the pertussis vaccine.
Contact Us (859-525-8181) if you have any questions about whooping cough!
About Pediatrics of Florence
We believe that children are more than just “little adults.” They have unique personalities, challenges, and life circumstances and we have made every effort to make our offices and care as “kid friendly” as possible. We have an aquatic theme in the waiting rooms (separated for sick and well children) as well as themed examination rooms. All of our physicians are Board Certified Pediatricians and members of the American Academy of Pediatrics and our nurse practitioners are all licensed Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and are available to see both well and sick children.
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