Friday, November 24, 2006
Infectious disease experts are advising teens and adults to get re-immunized this winter with a booster shot to ward off whooping cough. Sacramento Reporter Ellen Ciurczak has more.
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, gets its name from the distinctive sound of the cough that characterizes the bacterial infection. Whooping cough is on the rise in the U.S., with 25,000 cases reported in 2004, compared to only 1,000 cases in the mid-70’s.
Stack: We have not done a great job in the last 10 or 20 years immunizingadults against pertussis.
Dr. Richard Stack is an infectious disease expert from Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, California. He says teens and adults are getting the infection and spreading it to children and infants. Babies are particularly at risk, and can develop respiratory swelling that can lead to death: Stack advises young people and adults, most of whom were probably immunized at a young age, to check in with their doctor about getting a booster shot. In Sacramento, I’m Ellen Ciurczak.