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County Health Reports Increase Of Whooping Cough Cases In San Diego

Five cases of whooping cough were reported in San Diego County schools this week, which brought this year's tally to 202, 37 more cases than were reported in all of 2012, county health officials said Friday.

Cases of whopping cough — also known as pertussis — reported in the past week were an 8-year-old at Wolf Canyon Elementary School; two 14-year-old La Costa Canyon High School students; a 15-year-old student at Helix Charter High School; and a Lincoln Acres School employee.

All but one were up-to-date on their immunizations, according to county officials.

According to the county's Health and Human Services Agency, 127 cases of whooping cough were reported at this time last year.

"We are seeing a slightly elevated level of pertussis activity in San Diego County," county public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said. "The best defense against the spread of pertussis is to make sure you are up-to-date on vaccinations and booster shots."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get the DTaP vaccine at ages 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 18 months and between 4 to 6 years. Preteens should get a Tdap booster.

Retail pharmacies offer the vaccine series and the booster for a fee, and those without medical insurance can get the shots at no cost from a County Public Health Center, county officials said.

A typical pertussis case starts with one to two weeks of a runny nose, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with a whooping sound. Fever, if present, is usually mild, according to health officials.

The disease can be treated with antibiotics.

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Avatar for user 'Anon11'

Anon11 | October 19, 2013 at 10:47 a.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

CDC recommends vaccination. Nothing more to see here.

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kjo | November 1, 2013 at 3:38 p.m. ― 1 year ago

I'm confused.

"All but one were up-to-date on their immunizations, according to county officials."

"The best defense against the spread of pertussis is to make sure you are up-to-date on vaccinations and booster shots."

Please tell me how the best defense against pertussis is the vaccine when all but one of the cases were in fully vaccinated children.

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JeanMarc | November 1, 2013 at 4 p.m. ― 1 year ago

I know it is mean, but when peoples babies start dying because they think Jenny McArthy knows more than the worlds scientists when she says vaccinations give kids autism, I will not feel bad.

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